A diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma almost always means that somebody, somewhere, was negligent in their failure to protect against asbestos exposure. The rare disease is caused by exposure to the carcinogenic material, a fact that was well known to countless companies that allowed their products to be contaminated with it, despite knowing of its risks to human health. It is for this reason that so many people diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma have successfully sued the companies that exposed them to asbestos and have been awarded billions of dollars in compensation over the years. Among them is Houshang Sabetian, a former oil refinery worker whose claim against the companies that exposed him to asbestos has resulted in him and his wife being awarded $25 million in damages.
Houshang Sabetian was diagnosed with one of the rarest forms of an already rare form of cancer: malignant testicular mesothelioma. The California man traces his disease back to the years when he worked at a variety of oil refineries in Iran owned by the National Iranian Oil Company and all of which were built by Fluor Enterprises Inc. and Middle East Fluor. Mr. Sabetian provided a significant amount of evidence to show that those refineries were built in a way that violated Fluor’s own internal standards of safety and which subjected him and countless other workers to the risk of mesothelioma through constant exposure to asbestos. He and his team recounted cost-cutting measures that had resulted in “a long line of Iranian Refinery workers fallen victim to Fluor’s irresponsible conduct overseas.”
In response to the testimony that they heard about his testicular mesothelioma, a California jury decided to award Mr. Sabetian and his wife with compensation for their pain and suffering totaling $25 million, with $11 million allocated to his wife and $14 million allocated to him. Victims of asbestos exposure who are interested in their own rights can learn more by contacting us at 1-800-966-2244.