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$12.5M awarded to family who blames asbestos for death of relative

A jury in Manhattan recently decided to award $12.5 million to a family whose loved one died of lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, a November 4 article of New York Post reported.

According to reports, relatives of George Cooney reportedly claimed asbestos exposure in the workplace was to blame for the lung cancer that killed Cooney in 2014. Cooney, who was employed by Caterpillar as a mechanic from 1969 to 1980, was exposed to asbestos in his workplace. The claim revealed it took Caterpillar 54 years before they labeled equipment after learning about the hazards of asbestos. Though George was a heavy smoker while he was living, the jury decided to grant the award to his family based on a 1968 report that smokers exposed to asbestos are more likely die of lung cancer than those who do not smoke. Due to the fact that George was a heavy smoker, the jury decided Caterpillar would only pay 55 percent of the settlement.

Families always have to deal with hefty financial loss after losing a loved one. However, if you suspect asbestos exposure is responsible for your loss, financial assistance could be awarded to you to lessen your burden. Speak with the legal team at Williams Hart today by calling (800) 781-3955 to learn more about your legal options.

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