A Long Island man was awarded $7 million in his asbestos lawsuit against a former employer while he assisted in the construction of the Northport Power Station. Ralph North contracted mesothelioma cancer in 2012 after suffering asbestos exposure 46 years prior as a boiler installer.
North was awarded $3.5 for past pain and suffering and $3.5 for future pain and suffering after a jury ruled that his former employer failed to monitor air quality, inform employees of potential asbestos contamination or provide them with protection. Other employees have testified that the company never warned them of asbestos risks.
Asbestos is a carcinogenic material used often in construction and insulation from the 1940s through the 1970s. Asbestos exposure has been found to lead to an increased risk of severe diseases, including asbestos and mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer that can take decades to develop after initial asbestos exposure.