San Francisco Jury Awards $1.25 Million in Asbestosis Case

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A San Francisco jury unanimously awarded damages of $1.25 million to a retired pipefitter who developed asbestosis and asbestos pleural disease due to his on-the-job contact with asbestos.

A San Francisco jury unanimously awarded damages of $1.25 million to a retired pipefitter who developed asbestosis and asbestos pleural disease due to his on-the-job contact with asbestos (Quarles v. Advocate Mines, Ltd; SF Superior Court; #409170). The plaintiff, Geronia Quarles, was represented at trial by James Nevin and Christopher Andreas of Brayton Purcell in Novato, California.

Advocate Mines, Ltd., the defendant, supplied asbestos fiber for Transite asbestos-cement pipe. It did not provide any warning to consumers about the asbestos fiber and continued to sell the product even though its miners had asbestos-related health problems. The jury concluded that the company acted with "malice" or "oppression."

Asbestosis and asbestos pleural disease are serious, debilitating illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestosis scars the lungs; asbestos pleural disease damages the membrane lining the lungs and chest cavity (the pleura). Both diseases reduce lung capacity, restrict breathing, and reduce the victim's ability to transfer oxygen from the air into the blood. About one in seven people who suffer from asbestosis eventually develop lung cancer.

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For over 20 years, Brayton Purcell has helped clients protect their legal rights in the face of devastating losses such as illness, injuries, and harm to family members. The law firm enjoys a national reputation for the high quality of its personal injury and product liability work, particularly in the area of asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. Learn more about our asbestosis attorneys or call 415-898-1555 for more information. For specific details about asbestos exposure, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related diseases, also see Asbestos Network.

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