Mississippi Supreme Court to Consider Appeal in Conoco Phillips Asbestos Lawsuit
Attorneys for the Conoco Phillips Corporation are scheduled to appear before the Mississippi Supreme Court today to appeal a $15.2 million verdict in an asbestos lawsuit filed by a former oil well drilling worker.
In 2010, a Jones County, Mississippi jury awarded the verdict in favor of Troy Lofton, who had filed the personal injury lawsuit against CP Chem, a joint venture between Conoco Phillips and Chevron Corp. The lawsuit alleged that the company knowingly shipped a type of asbestos mud over a 20 year period and that Lofton’s exposure to the product caused him to develop a condition known as asbestosis.
Asbestosis is a lung disease related to the inhalation of asbestos particles. Scar tissue eventually builds up in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe normally. Asbestosis is a less serious condition than mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Lofton claims that since his diagnosis in 2004, he has had to remain on oxygen 24 hours a day.
According to the Clarion Ledger, representatives for Conoco Phillips have denied the claims. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. in Jackson.
Exposure to asbestos can cause life-threatening complications, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumor affecting the lining of the chest or abdomen. There are three forms of the disease: pleural mesothelioma; peritoneal mesothelioma; and pericardial mesothelioma.
Individuals who’ve developed one of these conditions after being exposed to asbestos typically require comprehensive medical care and patients diagnosed with mesothelioma typically have a shorter life expectancy than patients who are affected with other types of cancers. High health care costs paired with lost wages due to illness can quickly create a financial nightmare for asbestos exposure victims and their families.
One of the primary problems associated with asbestosis and other asbestos-related conditions is that they can take ten to twenty years to develop after the initial exposure occurs. Workers who believe their illness is related to a previous asbestos exposure need to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss their legal rights.
The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP specializes in assisting asbestos exposure victims and their families in getting the maximum amount of compensation they deserve for their injuries. We also represent individuals who have been injured by defective medical devices, harmful prescription drugs, faulty products and transportation accidents.
Help is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-722-0765 or by visiting our asbestos and mesothelioma resource site. All cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless we recover a settlement on your behalf.