Mesothelioma Victim Receives $7.55M Verdict

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A Power Plant worker and his wife are awarded a multimillion dollar verdict in a Massachusetts asbestos trial – Waters Kraus & Paul tried the case on behalf of the plaintiffs who are also represented by the Thornton Law Firm.

Gary Paul

The jury decided against NEI, finding that the company knew at the time that asbestos-containing products presented an unreasonable risk.

A Boston jury handed down a verdict of $7.55 million dollars to a power plant worker and his wife against New England Insulation (NEI), which sold, distributed, ripped out, and installed asbestos insulation material until the early 1970s. Gerald Sylvestre, who was a former worker who oversaw equipment for a New Hampshire power plant, was exposed to asbestos by NEI workers performing asbestos insulation work at the power plant. As a result, Mr. Sylvestre was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, in 2015. He is currently undergoing treatment. The case is Civil Action No. 15-7031; Gerald and Marjorie Sylvestre v. New England Insulation Company; Middlesex County Superior Court, Common Wealth of Massachusetts.

“The jury’s verdict is a rare bit of good news for the Sylvestre family, given the suffering the family has endured,” said Gary Paul, a Waters Kraus & Paul partner, who served as lead trial counsel. The jury decided against NEI, finding that the company knew at the time that asbestos-containing products presented an unreasonable risk.

According to court documents, Mr. Sylvestre was diagnosed with mesothelioma two years ago, but enjoyed good health prior to his diagnosis. He has endured multiple surgeries and chemotherapy to diagnose and treat his mesothelioma, commenting that “It was an extremely difficult period.”

“My wife and I were very happy with the verdict, but what meant the most was that we got to tell our story and the jury heard it and responded as they did," commented Mr. Sylvestre.

Mr. and Mrs. Sylvestre are represented by Waters Kraus & Paul of Los Angeles and co-counsel the Thornton Law Firm of Boston.

About Waters Kraus & Paul

Waters Kraus & Paul is a national plaintiffs’ law firm devoted to helping families in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving asbestos, benzene, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, birth defects caused by toxic chemical exposures and semiconductor chip manufacturing. The law firm also represents plaintiffs in qui tam whistleblower matters and cases involving false claims submitted to the government. Based in Dallas, Texas, with offices in California and by appointment in Illinois, Waters Kraus & Paul has represented families from all fifty states and many foreign countries, as well as foreign governments.

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