Last September, Lipsitz & Ponterio negotiated a settlement on behalf of a 60-year-old West Seneca woman who had recently contracted mesothelioma from asbestos she inhaled while washing her husband’s work clothes nearly thirty years ago. Our client’s husband, an electrician, worked on several large-scale construction projects in the Buffalo area and would sometimes come home with his clothes covered in asbestos dust. He had no way of knowing that the asbestos fibers he brought home on his clothing endangered the lives of his wife and children. The asbestos industry, on the other hand, knew, or should have known, about years of medical literature indicating that workers’ families could be harmed by exactly that situation.
Attorneys John Comerford and Mike Ponterio presented voluminous evidence demonstrating that the client’s disease was caused by her exposure to her husband’s work clothing and proving that the asbestos companies knew the deadly harm their products could do well before our client was exposed. Within a year, the companies settled for two million dollars. We are pleased to have achieved this settlement on our client’s behalf.