Austin, Texas (PRWEB) December 22, 2004
HendlerLaw of Austin, TX and Bilbrey & Hylla of Edwardsville, IL, recently negotiated settlements for mesothelioma victim Luke Lindau, a 78-year old Arlington Heights, IL man, totaling nearly $4 million (03-L-1913, Circuit Court, Madison County, IL). Mesothelioma is the incurable, deadly and extremely painful cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The expected survival rate for people diagnosed with mesothelioma is normally eight to twelve months.
Mr. Lindau, who is married, was exposed to large amounts of asbestos while working as a union painter and doing home remodeling work. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in October 2002. His lawsuit, which was filed a year ago in Madison County Circuit Court, recently came close to going to trial. Although Lindau was looking forward to telling his story in court, he and his counsel agreed that the settlement was the best course of action. ÂWe believed that the defendantsÂ outrageous efforts to delay this trial would only hurt Mr. Lindau,Â said Mike Bilbrey of Bilbrey & Hylla. ÂOur clientÂs interests were paramount in our decision to settle.Â
Approximately 10 defendants, including Georgia-Pacific and Bondex paid a total of $3.25 million with additional compensation expected to be recovered from defendants who are establishing trust funds to compensate asbestos victims.
Mr. Lindau has already exceeded the life expectancy for a person diagnosed with mesothelioma. Considering his age the settlement value is exceptional. ÂThe overall recovery from all defendants, including individual trust funds established by defendants that sought bankruptcy protection but are still viable and profitable businesses, is a reflection of the merit with which the defendants viewed Mr. LindauÂs claims against them and the trial team that represented him,Â explained Scott Hendler of HendlerLaw.
For more information about the Mesothelioma attorneys at HendlerLaw and Bilbrey & Hylla, please visit http://www.HendlerLaw.com and http://www.BilbreyHyllaLaw.com. For more information about mesothelioma, please visit http://www.mesotheliomaadvice.org.
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