In a historic case win, a former Louisiana auto mechanic was awarded $8,261,874 in compensatory damages from his previous employer after repeated exposure to asbestos while on the job. The verdict is one of the largest mesothelioma case wins in Louisiana.
An $8,261,874 Verdict Against Ford Motor Company
A Louisiana jury deliberated for just one hour following 3 weeks of testimony in the case of Steven “Joe” Aaron, Sr. versus Ford Motor Company. The jury found that Ford “failed to warn in negligence and strict liability to Aaron about the dangers of asbestos.” It ruled in favor of Aaron and awarded him $8,261,874.96 in damages.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Aaron worked as a gas station mechanic at Evans Shell service station as well as a school bus mechanic, servicing 100 buses, for the Ouachita Parish School Board. His daily work repeatedly exposed him to carcinogenic asbestos dust from Ford Motor Company’s auto parts. Aaron regularly serviced brakes and clutches installed on Ford buses and vehicles.
What the Outcome Means for Mesothelioma-Sufferers Exposed On the Job
If you’ve been diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma and know your disease has a direct link to working with or around asbestos with a current or former Louisiana employer, you have rights. You have the right to file a claim against your employer and to fight for damages to alleviate your financial distress, pain, and suffering.
Mesothelioma trial verdicts and settlements are two distinct ways you may be compensated after filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. These matters either go to trial before a jury or they are settled out of court. Either option can be advantageous, but deciding which route is better for you should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We can help you determine which route to take legal action.
Our Firm is Here to Advocate for You
At Landry & Swarr, we focus only on asbestos-related disease cases. Our firm offers you and your loved one our compassion, our deep asbestos law experience, and the service of our skilled litigators to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.