Asbestos victim awarded $2M in mesothelioma lawsuit

November 8th, 2011

An Australian man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma was awarded more than $2 million in his asbestos lawsuit. The Australian Supreme Court awarded Simon Lowes the sum after he alleged that he was exposed to asbestos as a young child at an orphanage.

According to Lowes’ claim, between 1971 and 1973 Hardie & Co. allegedly disposed of cement waste containing asbestos near an orphanage where Lowes played as a child. The Supreme Court ruled the company’s improper disposal practices contributed to Lowes’ mesothelioma diagnosis.

Lowes, who is now 42, received the diagnosis more than three decades after playing by the contaminated orphanage. Because of the long latency period of the disease, asbestos victims often go decades before the symptoms of mesothelioma or other asbestos diseases begin to appear.

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