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Widow of School Bus Driver who Died from Mesothelioma Awarded $7.7 Million

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A New York state jury has decided that Navistar International Corp. must pay $7.7 million to the family of a man who died from a serious lung disease known as mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in one of the company’s garages.

The wrongful death suit was brought by the widow of a school bus driver who died of mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos in the school district’s garage. The complaint, viewed by Law360, alleges the man began working for the Fayetteville-Manlius School District in Manlius, New York, as a bus driver in the 1950s. He spent many hours in the garage over the years, clocking in for his routes, submitting work orders and speaking with mechanics.

Nash was allegedly exposed to asbestos that had been released into the air by work performed on asbestos-containing bus parts in the garage. The bus driver died in 2012 of mesothelioma at the age of 81, according to Law360.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that make up the lining around the outside of the lungs and inside of the ribs (pleura), or around the abdominal organs (peritoneum). Medical research has proven that this serious disease is caused by exposure to asbestos. When asbestos fibers become lodged in the lungs, the lungs work to protect the body from these foreign bodies, causing scar tissue and diminishing the lungs’ capacity for oxygen.

The December 19 verdict is the largest ever awarded in an asbestos suit in Syracuse, New York, Law360 reported.

On December 4, another Syracuse jury returned a $400,000 verdict against American Biltrite Inc. and other defendant in an asbestos suit brought against the commercial flooring manufacturer. The companies were each found to only be 3.57 percent liable for the Plaintiff’s 25 percent liability for his cancer, which dramatically reduced the amount of actual damages awarded, according to Law360.

Navistar is also tangled up in multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging Maxxforce’s diesel engines are defective and lead to engine failure. On December 19, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted Navistar’s request to consolidate 13 lawsuits in Illinois, Law360 reported. disclaimer: This article: Widow of School Bus Driver who Died from Mesothelioma Awarded $7.7 Million was posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 4:40 pm at and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits, Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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