By: Tanya Gonzalez
MIAMI, Florida â€“ A South Florida mesothelioma victim and his wife were awarded a multimillion dollar settlement in an asbestos litigation case. A Broward County jury awarded $20,646,000 to Plaintiff Charles Garrison and his wife, Cynthia last Friday in a Broward County courtroom.
Charles Garrison, 61, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2008. His mesothelioma lawyer, Juan Bauta, of The Ferraro Law Firm in Miami, argued in his defense against Union Carbide Corp., claiming that Garrison was exposed to Georgia Pacific’s joint compound which contained Union Carbide asbestos from 1974 to 1975, and this lead to the development of his cancer.
Mesothelioma is a very rare type of cancer, but a very difficult one to both diagnose and treat. It develops after a victim is exposed to asbestos fibers, which are airborne and can be inhaled, lodging in the victimâ€™s lungs. The cancer can actually affect the lungs, chest and abdomen, but symptoms do not always manifest. If they do, they are usually so mild that the victim does not seek medical attention.
Although there are some treatments for mesothelioma available, such as chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, there is still no cure for the terminal cancer. Approximately 3,500 new mesothelioma cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone, but unfortunately, many more go unnoticed. By the time that most victims get help, it is usually too late. There is but a small 12-18 month period when a mesothelioma victim can hope for success with treatment.
“It is remarkable to me that Union Carbide did not attempt to try to settle this case rather than put the Garrison’s through more than two weeks of intense trial,” argued Juan Bauta. If you or a loved one are suffering with mesothelioma, chances are you were exposed at work. Many corporations do not take sufficient precaution against protecting their employees from exposure to the hazardous mineral. Sometimes, employers donâ€™t even tell their workers that asbestos is present at a site, leading them to inhale the mineralâ€™s fibers on a constant basis and bringing asbestos-laden clothes home, which may lead family members to become ill as well.
Luckily, like the Garrisons, you too can seek legal counsel for your case. Speak to a mesothelioma attorney immediately to discuss your options and fight for your rights as an asbestos victim. Your paralegal will thoroughly investigate your past employment history to determine the source of your exposure to asbestos. If they find anyone to have been responsible or negligent, rest assured that they will be brought to justice.
As a mesothelioma victim, you may be entitled to thousands, if not millions of dollars in compensation. With a leading team of mesothelioma lawyers, you can rest easy knowing that you will obtain the maximum possible compensation for your pain and suffering, which may include both money damages and medical care. Your paralegal knows you are in a great deal of pain and will do whatever it takes to make sure your rights are upheld. So donâ€™t wait any longer before consulting with a top team of mesothelioma attorneys today to fight for your rights and obtain the full spectrum of benefits that are rightfully yours.