SALT LAKE CITY, UT — A jury has awarded a Utah woman, now dying of asbestos-related cancer, $5.2 million in damages, according to Mesothelioma News.
In its decision, the panel found three companies — Georgia-Pacific
, Hamilton Materials Inc
. and Union Carbide
— liable for Vickie Warren''s mesothelioma, a nearly always fatal cancer of the protective lining covering many of the body''s internal organs, the article stated.
The verdict is believed to be the largest asbestos-related award in Utah history, the article noted.
Warren — whose mesothelioma was diagnosed in 2007 and who is now severely ill — was awarded approximately $1.4 million in economic damages and more than $3.7 million in noneconomic damages, the article added.
While these are large numbers for a Utah asbestos lawsuit, mesothelioma lawyers in other states have been even more successful in obtaining compensation for asbestos victims, with bigger awards not uncommon, the article concluded.