Unfortunately, this was the case for Leonard Cox, a West Virginia banker who was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 52. Leonard Cox never worked with asbestos, but his father was an asbestos insulation installer for DuPont’s Belle plant for nearly 30 years, where A&I Company products were used. Leonard was exposed to the asbestos dust that traveled home on his father’s clothing; a condition known as household, or secondhand, asbestos exposure.
In March 2002, following a two-week long trial in Kanawha County, West Virginia, a jury ordered DuPont to pay $6.5 million to Leonard Cox’s family as compensation for pain, suffering, medical bills and lost wages.
The case was heard by Kanawha County Circuit Judge Andrew MacQueen and Ohio County Circuit Judge Martin Gaughan in the Robert C. Byrd United States courthouse in Charleston, W. Va.
The Cox family was represented by Motley Rice co-founder Ron Motley and attorneys Don Migliori and Anne McGinness Kearse, along with co-counsel James M. Barber.
For more information about household asbestos exposure, see Anne Kearse’s article “Household Asbestos Exposure Cases: Innocent Victims” published by South Carolina Trial Lawyer.
If you have questions or would like to explore your legal rights regarding a potential mesothelioma or asbestos lawsuit, please contact attorney John Herrick or Anne McGinness Kearse by email or call 1.800.768.4026.
While Motley Rice litigates asbestos cases across the country, we are proud to have two offices in West Virginia, located in Charleston and Morgantown.
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