A New York City jury awarded $2.25 million in the case of 73 year old Leonard Shafer who had exposure to asbestos in his workplace as a civilian employee at the New York Naval Shipyard (Brooklyn Navy Yard) in the 1950’s. Attorneys for the family of Mr. Shafer helped prove Shafer developed pleural mesothelioma, which is an aggressive, incurable cancer during his career at the Shipyard.

“Mr. Shafer endured pain and suffering that spanned an eighteen month time period from the time he was diagnosed until the time of the death,” said an attorney for the case. “Many years ago, nobody knew the affects of being exposed to asbestos in the workplace and unfortunately today, we are being faced with the dangers.”

Like so many of his colleagues, Mr. Shafer never wore respiratory protection and was unaware of the dangers of asbestos. John Crane, Inc. was the company that manufactured and supplied the asbestos-containing stuffing tube packing material to the U.S. Navy for use on Navy ships. In this asbestos exposure lawsuit, the jury determined that exposure to the John Crane packing material caused Mr. Shafer’s mesothelioma, and that his illness was reasonably foreseeable to the company.

Beasley Allen’s mesothelioma lawyers have won several landmark verdicts and settlements in the course of more than 25 years of representing victims who suffer from the affects of asbestos exposure in the workplace. Alabama mesothelioma lawyers at Beasley Allen have been recognized on the list of Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

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