Construction company liable in rare mesothelioma cancer lawsuit

May 17th, 2012

A New York company has been found liable for a rare form of mesothelioma cancer developed by a former contract employee. The jury ruled that Tishman Liquidating Corp. failed to properly protect David Konstantin, a carpenter who was exposed to asbestos while working on two construction projects from 1974 until 1977.

In 2009, Konstantin was diagnosed with mesothelioma in the tissue area surrounding his testicles, requiring surgery and prohibiting him from work. The jury awarded Konstantin $19.55 million after ruling that Tishman was liable for Konstantin’s asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest form of asbestos cancer.

Asbestos is a cancerous material that was once widely used in construction until it was severely restricted after the health effects of exposure became widely known. If inhaled, asbestos can eventually develop into several diseases, including mesothelioma — a deadly form of cancer.

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