A Wyoming man was recently awarded $3.7 million in an asbestos lawsuit against his former employer.
Edward Roger Jolley worked for BNSF Railway for nearly 30 years, according to the Billings Gazette. Jolley sued the company claiming that the inhalation of asbestos fibers, silicone dust and diesel fumes that he experienced on the job led to his chronic lung disease.
The Yellowstone County, Montana, jury was convinced that Jolley’s pulmonary fibrosis was caused by his work, giving him the largest amount against BNSF ever awarded by a jury from Montana.
Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF, said that the railway disagrees with the jury’s decision.
“BNSF remains convinced [Jolley’s] working conditions at BNSF and his predecessor [employers] did not cause his health issues,” he told the news source. “Rather, we believe the decision based on testimony did not pertain to actual working conditions.”
Asbestos exposure was very common at many jobs over the years because the mineral was widely used in both the construction and shipbuilding industries. Exposure to it can cause mesothelioma and asbestosis.
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