The National Mesothelioma Law Firm of Baron and Budd Announce Asbestos Settlement for Former Garlock Sealing Technologies Employee

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Baron and Budd mesothelioma attorneys remain dedicated to mesothelioma patients.

The mesothelioma attorneys at Baron and Budd, P.C. announced that a mesothelioma sufferer and prior employee of the former asbestos manufacturer Garlock Sealing Technologies (based in Palmyra, NY) has reached a settlement with the company for a confidential amount. The settlement comes after the jury reached a substantial damages verdict. The former employee was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer, after working as a boiler mechanic for several decades and being subjected to substantial asbestos exposure at the Johnsonburg paper mill. (James C. Grumley v. Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, #002823)

Irreparable damage was caused by years of exposure from working around the paper mill’s boilers that were covered in asbestos cement and to asbestos gaskets and asbestos rope packing that were used on turbines and steam pipes. In 2006, the harm caused by the exposure became apparent when the plaintiff was diagnosed with malignant pleura mesothelioma.

“His cancer was entirely preventable. Asbestos was just too profitable for Garlock. The worst thing about it is that instead of promptly eliminating asbestos from their gaskets and packing once they knew what asbestos could do, Garlock chose to spend decades devising ways to cover up the cancers its asbestos products cause,” said Baron & Budd mesothelioma attorney John Langdoc.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and difficult to treat cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, called the pleura, and changes it from a single cell layer wide to a thick, hard rind. The change in the pleura restrains the expansion of the lungs, causing the nerve endings to scrape torturously against the hard lining and making it difficult to breath. In some cases, the growing tumor can encase and fracture the spine, or it can surround and strangle the heart, as it has done in this case.

The former Garlock employee, now 84, enjoyed playing sports with his grandchildren and shared his love of athletics, music and dancing with his wife of 55 years and their three children. He was the first member of his family to see his children go to college, and they are now teachers and principals.

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has a more than 30-year history of "Protecting What’s Right" for asbestos sufferers and their families. As one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, Baron & Budd continues to actively represent veterans, industry workers and others who are suffering as a result of exposure to asbestos. Baron & Budd achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict ever in the state of Texas, a $55 million verdict for an asbestos sufferer and his family in El Paso, Texas. Visit Baron & Budd’s dedicated mesothelioma website Mesothelioma News at call 1.866.855.1229 for information on medical treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers, high risk jobs, veterans issues and financial assistance for asbestos cancer care.

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