Bergman Draper Ladenburg: Western Washington Woman Wins $1.1 Million After Contracting Cancer from Asbestos

Wed Feb 6, 2013 8:05pm EST

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Woman allegedly exposed to cancer-causing substance through husband`s
contaminated work clothes
SEATTLE--(Business Wire)--
An 89-year-old Lynnwood woman represented by Bergman Draper Ladenburg won $1.1
million in a King County courtroom earlier this week after a jury agreed that
exposure to asbestos from her husband`s work clothes caused her to contract a
rare form of cancer that will likely lead to her death. 

Phyllis Granville brought the case against 13 defendants, claiming they
negligently manufactured and sold floor tiles that were unsafe because they
contained asbestos. According to court documents, her husband, Donald Granville,
a floor tile installer, was exposed to asbestos from the defendants` products
while at work, which he in turn brought home on his clothes and exposed his wife
of 70 years to. 

"This was an extraordinarily difficult case to bring to trial, and we are very
pleased we were able to provide the Granvilles some measure of financial
security while they fight the effects of this horrible disease," Matthew
Bergman, founder of Bergman Draper Ladenburg and the Granvilles` attorney, said.
"In most cases, mesothelioma victims had direct exposure to asbestos. While the
science is clear that people like Donald can bring it home on clothes and
transmit it through hugging his wife, or having her wash his clothes, these
concepts are much more difficult to illustrate to a jury." 

According to Bergman, the asbestos-related mesothelioma has had a devastating
effect on Phyllis, rendering her unable to breathe without oxygen, leaving her
homebound. Her physicians expect that the disease, which surrounds and
ultimately obliterates the lung, will be fatal. 

"I never imagined Donald`s work would ever end up giving me cancer," said
Phyllis. "The manufacturers didn`t warn him about the risk of bringing asbestos
home with him. It`s hard enough for us to start battling my mesothelioma, but
now Donald is afraid he`s going to contract it too. We`re so thankful Bergman
Draper Ladenburg helped us to get the verdict." 

The case was filed with the Seattle King County Court in September 2012, where
the case spent four weeks at trial throughout January 2013. After careful
deliberation, the jury reached a final verdict of $1.1 million to be paid to
Granville and her husband. 

According to Bergman, the verdict represents a crucial development in asbestos
litigation. "The jury recognized that demonstrable harm has been done to
asbestos victims," said Bergman. "But more importantly, the verdict shows that
asbestos exposure has significantly impacted people who were not present at
contaminated work sites at all. We believe that the sites had a present
imperative to warn their employees about the risk of asbestos contact and also
subsequent dispersion." 

About Bergman Draper Ladenburg

Bergman Draper Ladenburg is a Seattle-based law firm that focuses on
representing individuals and families who have been harmed by more powerful
interests.The firm built its reputation on serious asbestos disease claims and
is expanding its practice to benzene and predatory lending cases.Matthew Bergman
is the firm`s managing partner and one of seven lawyers across the nation who
negotiated a $4 billion national settlement with the Halliburton Corporation for
its asbestos liabilities, approximately $30 million of which went to Bergman
Draper Ladenburg clients residing primarily in the Pacific Northwest. For more
information, visit

Bergman Draper Ladenburg
Matthew Bergman, 206-957-9510
Firmani + Associates, Inc.
Mark Firmani, 206-443-9357

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