New Roads, Louisiana – A jury in Iberville parish has recently awarded a Louisiana resident $5.95M after a court trail in which 3 companies, including Dow Chemical Company, were proven to be liable for his malignant mesothelioma diagnosis.
Sidney Mabile had filed a lawsuit against Dow Chemical Company, Stewart Seacraft and McDermott Shipyards in the eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court over the deadly asbestos-related cancer he was suffering from, which is called malignant mesothelioma.
The jury decided that Mabile had been exposed to hazardous asbestos fibers during his occupation. He had been working as an electrician with the Plaquemine facility of Dow Chemical – one of the largest petrochemical plants in the state of Louisiana. During the court trial, the attorneys represented the plaintiff revealed the internal documents which disclosed that Dow had carried out a cost-benefit analysis which showed it would be less expensive for the organization to switch its plants over to the systems that didn’t use raw asbestos than the company would for paying eventual compensation to its employees. Mabile had been employed at one of the facilities that utilized raw asbestos as part of its chemical production process even though the toxicity of the material was already known, the suit states.
Linda Lim, the representative of the public & government affairs, said Dow Chemical was responsible for just one-third of the damages. However, Lim said, the company would appeal the verdict. She said the company was highly disappointed with the verdict. According to Lim, there was convincing evidence that Mabile’s mesothelioma wasn’t caused by his job at the facility of Dow, which was demonstrated clearly during the trial. The company is now going to pursue the rights through appellate process and post-trial motions, she said. Lim said they would keep on vigorously defend all the asbestos lawsuits filed against Dow Chemical.
Sidney Mabile was represented by a Baton Rouge (LA) attorney. Dow Chemical also was represented by a Baton-Rouge (LA)-based law firm.
Mabile’s attorney said his client was not the only Dow employee hurt by asbestos exposure. He said numerous other workers also have been suffered similar injuries. The lawyer said hundreds of similar cases might possibly be forthcoming.
Asbestos exposure, especially long-term exposure, is linked to several severe health conditions such as asbestosis and lung cancer. Mesothelioma is a cancer exclusively caused by the inhalation or ingestion of microscopic asbestos particles when they are airborne.