A 75-year-old New Jersey man has been awarded a $3,333,500 settlement for contracting mesothelioma, the asbestos-related disease, while working as a carpenter.
According to Asbestos.com, James Johnson specialized in the installation of ceilings and commercial applications, and thus worked with ceiling tiles and acoustic ceilings made from the toxic, cancer-causing mineral. In the case, the manufacturers of the asbestos-containing products that he used and worked around were sued. The worksites he worked at during his employment throughout New Jersey were also sued.
The website urges that carpenters remain cautious when working around asbestos, taking safety measures such as wearing a HEPA face mask or following the proper steps for removing asbestos.
Malignant mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath can occur as much as 50 years after the initial exposure occurred.
More information on asbestos is available at www.asbestos.com
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