Distinguished Veteran’s Family Blames Mesothelioma Death on “Grossly Negligent” Behavior

A mesothelioma lawsuit filed by the family of the late Fred Russell Stafford takes aim at several companies that equipped the Naval vessels on which he served. Michael Stafford is seeking justice in the form of compensation from John Crane Co., General Electric, ViacomCBS, Foster Wheeler, and others following his father’s illness and death.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Cites Scientific Data in the Asbestos Companies’ Possession

Mr. Stafford filed his lawsuit following the death of his 90-year-old father. The suit, filed in the Superior Court of Fairfield, Connecticut, details Fred’s enlistment in the U.S. Navy in 1948 as part of the Submarine Service, and recounts his service over twenty years on several boats before retiring with the title of Senior Chief Engineman. He then moved on to the private sector, where he used his experience and knowledge in further support of the submarine force at General Dynamics.

The elder Mr. Stafford served proudly, which makes his death from malignant mesothelioma all the more poignant. Though he’d had no knowledge that he was surrounded by asbestos-contaminated materials, the lawsuit states that the companies were well aware of the hazards that he faced, and that they had “medical and scientific data, studies and such reports that it possessed throughout the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.” 

Family Says Navy Veteran Was the Victim of “Reckless, Malicious, Willful and Wanton” Decisions

Michael Stafford’s mesothelioma lawsuit against the asbestos companies also contained evidence that prior to and during his father’s service, the companies had paid workers’ compensation claims related to asbestos exposure, making clear their knowledge of the material’s dangers.  His claim asserts that the companies’ failure to warn of the dangers of asbestos exposure reflected actions that were “grossly negligent, reckless, malicious, willful, and wanton.” He is seeking compensation for his father’s pain, suffering, and anguish.

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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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