Mesothelioma Victim’s Wife Provides Gripping, Grief-Stricken Testimony

Juries seated in mesothelioma lawsuit spend hours listening to highly technical information about asbestos, the amount of exposure to the carcinogen that can lead to illness, and the presence of asbestos in each victim’s environment. But sometimes a more human side of the story emerges, as in the recently heard case of Cliff Little.


Retired Boiler Worker Diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma

The case revolved around a retired boiler worker named Cliff Little who was diagnosed with sarcomatoid mesothelioma. Mr. Little and his family blamed asbestos contamination in boiler insulation he was exposed to for his fatal illness, and in seeking compensation for the damages that they suffered, they detailed the extreme grief and sorrow that they were all suffering.

Though the testimony was heard via Zoom due to COVID-19 precautions, the mesothelioma victim’s wife made clear the pain that his fatal diagnosis had on the family. She spoke of a long planned 50th anniversary celebration that she feared he would be unable to attend, and to the fact that his particular type of mesothelioma had an extremely short survival time. “The time frame that you’re given when you’re [told] about sarcomatoid is not very long. So right now, we don’t know what the time frame is. So that’s always in the back of your mind.”

Asbestos Manufacturer Denies Role in Mesothelioma

Though the Little family offered compelling testimony about the impact that malignant mesothelioma has had on them, the defendant, an Alabama-based refractory company called Pryor-Giggey Co., argues that there is no proof that its products were used at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and that therefore they cannot be held responsible for the victim’s illness. 

The trial was held on an expedited basis as a result of the mesothelioma victim’s advanced illness and anticipated death. 

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Paul Danziger

Paul Danziger

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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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