A Baltimore jury awarded seventy-three year old George J. Linkus $15.3 million dollars in damages after continued exposure to asbestos laced rope led him to develop mesothelioma. The company being charged is John Crane Inc., a sealant company responsible for producing the rope. Linkus worked for Key Highway Shipyard from 1952 to 1959. In 1954, he worked with the contaminated rope after being moved to the machine shop. Exposure to asbestos has been known to be a direct cause for mesothelioma.
The Michie Hamlett Lowry Rasmussen & Tweel Law Firm in Charlottesville and Roanoke, Virginia has close to fifty (50) mesothelioma cases pending, most in Virginia, but many in other states. Unfortunately, these cases continue to arise at an alarming pace. This is so despite the fact that most companies stopped using asbestos in building materials in the 1970’s. Despite the fact that asbestos exposure can be deadly, and many companies exposed employees and workers without any consideration for these peoples’ safety, these cases still go trial on a regular basis, as evidenced by the Baltimore verdict above. Michie Hamlett has roughly a dozen of these cases set for trial within the next year or so.