A Californian man, who contracted cancer after working with brake linings that contained asbestos, has been awarded almost £11m in a injury compensation for mesothelioma cancer at work from asbestos in a court hearing.
Gordon Bankhead (66), was employed at the Sea-Land Shipping Company for over 30 years. During this period, his responsibilities included inspecting the brakes on heavy duty vehicles, and grinding, blowing out and fitting new brakes where needed.
It was his exposure to the asbestos in these brake components, which lead to Gordon being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in March 2010. In the case against his former employers, evidence was shown to the jury that the Sea-Land Shipping Company was fully aware that asbestos was present in the linings of the brakes, but failed to provide warnings to its customers and employees.
As a result, the jury subsequently approved an award Gordon and his family an overall settlement package of £11m to compensate him for his economic loss, pain and suffering and punitive damages.