Plumber’s Mesothelioma Trial Ends with $5 Million Jury Award

Published on July 30, 2021

Robert Swanson spent much of his life working with asbestos-contaminated products during his plumber years, and that constant exposure to the cancer-causing material led to his diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma in 2014. In 2015, he filed suit against several defendants, and recently won more than $5 million from boiler manufacturer Marley-Wylain Company.

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Mesothelioma Trial Details Decades of Asbestos Exposure

As is the case with so many mesothelioma victims, the first exposure came from Mr. Swanson was diagnosed with asbestos after enlisting in the United States Navy at 17.e birthday. During a two-year naval assignment beginning in 1966, he lived aboard the USS Theodore E. Chandler, and after his discharge began working as a plumber in early 1969. His duties include installing and maintaining heating and plumbing systems in both new and existing homes. Much of his work involved installing and maintaining factory-assembled Weil-McLain boilers. His testimony included a description of the asbestos the company had supplied in powder form to be mixed with water to make a sealing compound for the boiler exhaust pipe.

Swanson also described the asbestos he was exposed to when removing the boiler gaskets, indicating that he had inhaled significant amounts of asbestos dust linked to malignant mesothelioma. He also admitted to having been exposed to asbestos from other boilers from his years as a plumber and being around drywall on construction sites.

Plumber died of mesothelioma before court decision

Mr Swanson was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in 2014 and filed his lawsuit against the company in 2015. When he died in 2016, his son Shawn changed the complaint to a wrongful death claim, and a jury heard the case in 2018. After all the evidence was presented. The jury agreed that the boiler manufacturer had been negligent and that their negligence was the direct cause of Mr Swanson’s death. It ordered the boiler manufacturer to pay the survivors of Swanson damages totaling $5,489,688.

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Written by Terri Oppenheimer

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Terri Heimann Oppenheimer is the lead writer of our news blog. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Terri believes knowledge is power and is committed to sharing news about the impact of mesothelioma, the latest research and medical breakthroughs, and victim stories.

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