The family of a deceased Oakland, California man was awarded $11,000,000 by an Alameda County jury at the completion of the family’s wrongful death lawsuit for mesothelioma.
The wrongful death victim, Gordon Bankhead, contracted mesothelioma as a result of exposure while changing out brake parts throughout his career as a mechanic. In January 2010, he was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.
By March 2010, he had filed an official complaint against Pneumo, the manufacturer of asbestos-containing brake products that was responsible for the exposure, along with several other defendants.
Gordon Bankhead passed in October 2011 at the age of 68, causing his family to file an additional lawsuit for wrongful death exclusively leveled at Pneumo. After less than two hours of deliberation, the jury determined that $6 million should be awarded to surviving wife Emily Bankhead and $2.5 million apiece should be awarded to his adult daughters: Tammy and Debbie.
The Bankheads’ wrongful death lawsuit for mesothelioma illustrates that, in some instances, the victim of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma can successfully win a personal injury case, and that after the victim’s passing, a separate wrongful death lawsuit for mesothelioma can be successfully pursued.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Mesothelioma a Tragic Conclusion to a Vibrant Life
Gordon Bankhead worked from 1965 to 1999 as a parts repairman on large trucks and other heavy duty vehicles, mainly focusing on the repair and replacement of vehicle brake parts. Many of said parts were manufactured by the Abex Corporation, now succeeded by Pneumo Abex LLC, and they contained significant amounts of……READ THE WHOLE STORY
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