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Navy veteran’s family awarded $3.9 M in mesothelioma lawsuit

September 18th, 2006

The family of Navy veteran Joseph Henson Norris was awarded $3.9 million in damages against Crane Co., the manufacturer of asbestos gaskets and asbestos packing material that were used aboard Norris’ ship.

Norris served as a gunner’s mate aboard the U.S.S. Bremerton from 1955 until 1957. During his naval service, Norris was exposed to asbestos from materials manufactured by Crane Co. Nearly 50 years later, he received a mesothelioma diagnosis. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer in the lining of the lungs, heart, chest or abdomen. Norris died from mesothelioma in April 2005, just 16 months after receiving his mesothelioma diagnosis.

Jurors found that despite the length of time between Norris’ Naval service and the mesothelioma diagnosis, his maritime exposure to asbestos was the cause of his disease. They agrees with Norris’ mesothelioma attorneys, who argued that even though the dangers of asbestos exposure were well known in the early 20th century, Crane Co. continued to make and sell asbestos products without any research into the potential dangers they might pose.

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