Former Laborer Awarded $10.2M in Mesothelioma Lawsuit

An asbestos-related lawsuit was recently filed against several companies by a former electrician who claimed he developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure. Among the defendants that were named in the mesothelioma lawsuit were Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Inc. and AstenJohnson. The plaintiffs in the suit, Henry and Geraldine Barabin, were awarded $10.2 million.

According to the lawsuit the defendants used asbestos in their products and exposed their employees to the toxic substance. Henry Barabin was employed with the companies named as defendants from 1964 to 2001. His first job required him to work at the Texaco Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas for four years. After that he reportedly worked at the Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Camas, Washington.

Lawsuit Blames Illness on Asbestos Exposure

Barabin claims he was exposed to asbestos fibers that were released from asbestos-containing dryer fabrics and cleanup operations. While employed with the companies he was required to out the paper machine’s dryer fabrics while performing maintenance duties and during shutdown periods.

Barabin’s alleged in the asbestos lawsuit that the dryer fabrics were not designed right and didn’t include warnings about the potential of asbestos exposure or the risks involved in handing products containing the substance. As a result of his exposure to asbestos fibers, Mr. Barabin received a mesothelioma diagnoses three years ago.

Mesothelioma is a particularly harmful disease since researchers have not yet found a cure for the deadly illness. After receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis, most patients enter clinical trials to help fight off the rare cancer. However, the average prognosis for mesothelioma is only between four and 18 months.

The Barabins received $8 million in the lawsuit for non-economic damages for their pain and suffering. In addition, Mrs. Barabin received another $1.5 million for the potential loss she may endure any day. The couple was awarded $700,000 for their medical expenses, lost income and any household services they have needed and will need in the future.