A California jury has awarded more than $70 million to a husband and wife who filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against a former employer. Robert and Linda Whalen were awarded the sum after finding John Crane Co. negligent in exposing Robert Whalen to the carcinogenic substance asbestos, which ultimately caused Whalen’s mesothelioma cancer.
Whalen suffered from asbestos exposure while handing Crane Co. products in the 1970s, including gaskets and packaging. The jury awarded the Whalens more than $800,000 to cover medical costs and an additional $70 million in non-economic damages.
Mesothelioma is a severe form of cancer that attacks the lungs and abdominal cavity and can take decades to develop after initial exposure to carcinogenic substances like asbestos. Thousands of patients have filed asbestos lawsuits against former employers alleging that they knowingly exposed workers to asbestos while on the job.