Unglesby, Baggett McCall Win $7M Award For Mesothelioma Victim’s Family In LA Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Case
BATON ROUGE, LA – Two Louisiana law firms recently won a $7 million verdict for the death of Myra Williams on behalf of her family.
Baton Rouge’s Unglesby Law Firm and Lake Charles’ Baggett McCall represented the family in the take-home exposure asbestos case, which concluded on April 29, 2016.
Myra Williams died from mesothelioma, a disease exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos. It was proven that Myra Williams came in contact with asbestos through the handling of her husband's clothes. Jimmy Williams, Myra’s husband, worked around asbestos while employed at Placid Oil Co.
According to the verdict, in order to do his work at Placid Oil Co., Jimmy Williams was required to crawl all over asbestos-insulated machinery. “This caused asbestos dust and fibers to accumulate on his clothing, which he wore home on a daily basis to be laundered by Myra Williams,” the verdict states.
It was determined that Ingersoll-Rand was at fault in causing Myra Williams’ mesothelioma and liable for her and her family's resulting damages.
The law firms said Ingersoll-Rand provided compressors containing asbestos to Placid Oil. Jimmy Williams worked at Placid Oil changing gaskets and removing insulation. Workers testified that the removal of insulation and the vibration of the compressors would create asbestos dust in the compressor room, which was visible to the naked eye. One worker testified that you could not put a cup of coffee on any of the machines without it spilling because of the vibrations. It was proven that by the 1950s, Ingersoll-Rand was aware of the dangers of asbestos but did not place warnings on its compressors. Workers like Jimmy Williams were unaware of the dangers of working with asbestos and unaware that asbestos fibers on their clothes could injure their families.
Myra's four children each received $750,000 for the death of their mother. “Myra's children were extremely close to her, and it was an honor to represent them,” said Lance Unglesby with Unglesby Law Firm.
“Take-home asbestos exposure will continue to harm families across America due to the negligence of companies that failed to properly protects workers,” said Jeff Gaughan, partner with Baggett McCall Law Firm. “We are honored to have represented the Williams family and proud to bring them justice for their unimaginable grieving, pain and suffering.”
The verdict marks another record-breaking asbestos trial result for Baggett McCall and Unglesby Law Firm. Collectively, the two firms are responsible for the two highest survival action mesothelioma verdicts in the state—Dorothy White v. Entergy, which resulted in a $3.8 million survival action mesothelioma verdict and Sadie Mae Terrance v. Exxon, which resulted in a $5 million survival action mesothelioma verdict.
In addition, Baggett McCall had the first asbestos case decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the firm’s $17 million cancer verdict is the largest Louisiana verdict for any cancer victim.