KANSAS CITY, Missouri – An asbestos victim’s family is to be awarded a $10 million settlement over claims that the hazardous mineral was not properly handled at the victim’s workplace.

A Jackson County Courthouse employee’s family will receive $10 million to settle claims of improper asbestos handling at the courthouse. This settlement marks a record high for the state.

The lawsuit was filed by Nancy Lopez, the asbestos victim, before she died in October 2010 of mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities and is one of the most difficult diseases to both diagnose and treat.

The cancer can take up to 50 years to develop, and by the time patients notice symptoms, it may already be too late. Some symptoms don’t even present themselves as severe, so the patient never gets the medical attention they need. Sadly, even with the latest technology in fighting mesothelioma, like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, there is no cure for the asbestos-caused cancer.

According to the lawsuit filed by Lopez, Kansas City-based U.S. Engineering Co. was working with asbestos at the courthouse and did not follow proper procedures for handling the mineral. Lopez worked at the courthouse for 27 years and was exposed to asbestos on a regular basis.

According to Lopez’s mesothelioma attorney, Lou Accurso, the $10 million settlement is the largest in Missouri history for asbestos cases.

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