In June 2014, Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford obtained a settlement in excess of $2.4 million for a former laborer for injuries resulting from occupational exposure to asbestos. Our client was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2012 at the age of 72. He led an active life that included extensive recreational vehicle travel throughout the United States. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and enjoyed riding his motorcycle during cross-country trips with his wife. After he was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, he brought suit against several companies responsible for the sale, manufacture and distribution of a variety of asbestos-containing products to which he was exposed during the course of his employment.
From approximately 1959 to 1961, our client worked as an auto mechanic. He was exposed to asbestos fibers, dust and particles from the removal and replacement of automotive parts. For a short time before joining the United States Navy in 1963, he repaired boilers and furnaces. This equipment contained asbestos components and was often covered in asbestos-containing insulation. In order to perform maintenance procedures, it was necessary for him to disturb the asbestos insulation on boilers. After his honorable discharge from the Navy in March 1967, our client went to work for a commercial restaurant equipment service company. He repaired and maintained industrial cooking equipment containing asbestos. From 1972 through 1990, our client operated his own commercial restaurant equipment service company.
After battling mesothelioma for nearly two years, our client died on June 30, 2014. He is survived by his wife of over twenty years, four children, and six grandchildren.