79-Year-Old Mesothelioma Victim Awarded $10 Million in Damages Seven Decades After Asbestos Exposure

After two weeks of testimony about childhood exposure to the same asbestos that killed his father and sickened his brother, a Washington state jury awarded 79-year-old George Kraemer $10 million in compensation for his diagnosis with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

$10 million award

Asbestos that Caused Man’s Mesothelioma Also Killed his Father and Sickened his Brother

According to testimony presented to the jury, George Kraemer’s malignant mesothelioma was a result of exposure to asbestos that his father carried home on his clothing when George was just a toddler. The 79-year-old victim told of his father’s work at the Todd Shipyard, which started just before the attack on Pearl Harbor and continued for years thereafter. He spoke of the asbestos fibers that were on his father’s clothing.

Mr. Kraemer blamed his own mesothelioma on his father’s exposure to asbestos-contaminated insulation supplied by defendant Lone Star Industries’ predecessor company, Pioneer Sand & Gravel. He also indicated that his father, Charles, had succumbed to lung disease in 1970 and that his brother George had been diagnose with asbestosis in the 1980s.

Jury Agrees that Company is Liable for Mesothelioma

In handing down their verdict of guilt, the jury awarded Mr. Kraemer $10 million in damages. Speaking of the award afterward, he said, “We are grateful the court found in favor of our case. It set a precedent so others afflicted with this disease may find justice in the future. Our family has been through a lot in the past few years so the judgment will ease the financial medical burden, but moreover we’re just relieved to know those responsible have been held accountable. I was an innocent toddler when I was exposed to asbestos in my own home.”

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Paul Danziger

Paul Danziger


Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering significant compensation for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.

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