A former sailor has won a multi-million dollar asbestos lawsuit after being exposed to the deadly substance over five decades ago. Asbestos is a substance that was once widely used in a variety of industries and applications but in the 1980s it became widely known that exposure to asbestos dust and fibers over a long period could cause a variety of health problems, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

The former navy sailor, John Davis, has been diagnosed with cancer as a result of his exposure, and after filing his lawsuit has been awarded over thirty five million dollars in damages. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January of this year.

Having worked as a boiler tender with the Navy, Davis claimed that he was exposed to pipes and valves that contained asbestos over the course of his career. Ten million dollars of the amount awarded has been awarded to Davis’ wife. The remainder is in damages and compensation for pain and suffering for the plaintiff.

The defendants in the case were two companies, each of which will have to pay just over seven percent of the amount awarded. The remainder will come from the Navy and various other sources.

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