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Courthouse asbestos lawsuit ends in settlement

Last month, an engineering firm agreed to settle an asbestos lawsuit, with the agreement marking the largest asbestos settlement thus far in the state of Missouri. However, as was pointed out by the plaintiff's attorney, no amount of money could ever make up for the loss of the plaintiff, who succumbed to mesothelioma during the course of the suit.

The plaintiff filed the asbestos lawsuit after she was diagnosed with mesothelioma. In her suit, she claimed that an engineering firm had mishandled asbestos in a county courthouse in Missouri, at which she worked for almost three decades.

Following the woman's death from mesothelioma in October 2010, her mother continued the lawsuit on her behalf. She recently agreed to a $10 million settlement with the engineering firm. A class action lawsuit seeking medical expenses to monitor and treat other courthouse employees why may also have been exposed to asbestos is still pending. There is no word on whether the engineering firm is looking to settle that case as well.

"The only thing she did wrong was to come to work every day," said the plaintiff's personal injury attorney. "U.S. Engineering didn't follow the proper rules and procedures. And there are still significant amounts of asbestos in the courthouse."

The mesothelioma attorney's statement underlines what is so troubling about many of these cases. The people who have been exposed to asbestos did absolutely nothing to deserve their fate of contracting this painful, fatal disease. It is only right that the companies who caused their suffering do what they can to make things right.

Source: St. Joseph News-Press, "Asbestos lawsuit settled for $10 million," Marshall White, Nov. 18, 2011

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