Shipyard worker wins Washington mesothelioma lawsuit

January 19th, 2012

A Washington ship worker has won his mesothelioma lawsuit against his former employer. Roger Hammet was awarded $1.45 million after a jury found that Sea-Land Service Inc. was responsible for the mesothelioma diagnosis Hammet received after working on the company’s ship.

Originally believing the symptoms were related to asthma, Hammet grew severely ill and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in August 2010. The jury found that Sea-Land failed to take proper precautions to protect Hammet from the asbestos insulation used on the ship when he worked for the company in 1966.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic substance used in construction most heavily from the 1905s through the 1970s, although the risks of asbestos exposure have been known since the 1930s. Exposure to asbestos can lead to several diseases, including mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer that can take decades to develop.


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