$3 Million for Family of Asbestos Exposure Victim
The family of a General Motors worker who died from job-related asbestos exposure was awarded $3 million by a New York State jury.
According to the Tonawanda News, Gerald Suttner worked at the automaker’s GM Powertrain Facility for 36 years from 1964 to 1979 repairing valves manufactured by Crane Co. The job involved removal of asbestos gaskets—thus exposing him to visible asbestos dust.
In 2010, Suttner was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. After a year, at the age of 77, Suttner succumbed to mesothelioma.
Suttner’s wife Joann and adult disabled daughter are the plaintiffs in the case against Crane Co. The damages payout will consist of 4 percent from Crane and the rest from other liable entities, writes the Tonawanda News.