The United States Supreme Court announced on Monday, March 26 that they will not hear Crane Co.’s appeal of the Missouri appellate courts’ decision to uphold the original $11.5 million jury verdict in favor of Jeanette Poage, whose husband died in 2012 from mesothelioma contracted after he was exposed to asbestos while working on a World War II-era ship in the 1950’s.
Missouri Court of Appeals judges wrote in their decision that,
“In the present case, Mr. Poage suffered more than mere economic damages. Mesothelioma is a gruesome disease. Dr. Pantaleoni explained the effects it has on one's body: “[Y]ou can have your lungs compressed so you suffocate and die, it can choke off your stomach so that you starve to death or it can choke off your throat so you can't eat and you die.” Moreover, detecting the disease is very difficult. Dr. Arnold Brody testified that the duration of time between an individual's exposure to asbestos until symptoms of mesothelioma occurring usually spans “20 to 80 years,” but most cases involved a latency period of “30 to 50 years” or “40 to 50 years.” In Mr. Poage's case, he left the Navy in 1958, and he was not diagnosed with mesothelioma until September of 2011. The time between the inhalation of the asbestos dust and its manifestation of physical symptoms makes it much more difficult to detect the “harm.””
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