Jury Hands Down Verdict of $8.6 Million in Favor of Machinist With Mesothelioma

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A jury awarded over $8.6 million in the case of a 60-year old Navy machinist and engineering officer who was exposed to asbestos in pump and valve packing, gaskets, and insulation.

A jury awarded over $8.6 million in the case of a 60-year old Navy machinist and engineering officer, Anthony Cadlo, who was exposed to asbestos in products made by John Crane, Inc. and Metalclad Insulation Corp. (Anthony Cadlo and Maxlyn Cadlo v. John Crane Inc. and Metalclad Insulation Corp., Case No. 412325, San Francisco Superior Court). Mr. Cadlo developed pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive, incurable cancer that is caused by contact with asbestos. He testified at the trial, despite suffering from tumor protrusions on his left chest and being permanently tethered to supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day.

During his naval career, Mr. Cadlo removed and installed pump and valve packing and gaskets, all of which contained asbestos. He was also routinely exposed to high levels of airborne asbestos from thermal insulation, packing, and gaskets in the engine rooms of ships. Mr. Cadlo never wore respiratory protection and was unaware of the dangers of asbestos. Neither he nor his shipmates received any warnings from the manufacturers or suppliers of these asbestos products.

John Crane Inc. manufactured asbestos pump and valve packing and distributed asbestos gaskets during the years when Mr. Cadlo was in the Navy. Metalclad Insulation Corp. supplied asbestos thermal insulation products at that time. The jury determined that exposure to these products caused Mr. Cadlo’s mesothelioma, and that his illness was “reasonably foreseeable” to the companies. It also found that John Crane Inc. and Metalclad Insulation Corp. made defective asbestos products and failed to issue warnings about their hazards.

Mr. Cadlo was awarded $4 million in “noneconomic damages” (pain, suffering, and emotional distress). He was also awarded $1,412,400 for nonmedical economic damages, such as lost earning capacity, $87,304 for past medical expenses, and $174,000 for future medical expenses. Mr. Cadlo’s wife, Maxlyn, was awarded $3 million for her suffering and the loss of her husband’s companionship.

The Cadlos were represented at trial by Christopher Andreas of Brayton Purcell in Novato, California.

About Brayton Purcell

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 mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers. For more information, call 415-898-1555 or visit our firm web site at http://www.braytonlaw.com. For mesothelioma legal and medical news as well as information about mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment, see our specialty web site, Mesothelioma Network, at http://www.mesotheliomasite.com

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