A West Virginia Supreme Court has overturned an earlier court decision to dismiss an asbestos compensation claim that was filed by the wife of a man that died from the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma. The wife of the deceased, Freda Marlene Ratliff , filed the lawsuit against his former employer, Norfolk Southern Railway Company.

The widow was seeking to get damaged from Norfolk Southern under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act. However, it was revealed that in the middle of the 1980s her husband had taken a retirement package from the firm, and had later gone on to develop the asbestos related cancer.

The courts originally said that because he had agreed to this thirty five thousand dollar retirement package in 1986, his former employer was not liable for the condition that he went on to develop. He had worked for the company for nearly forty years when he retired, having started in 1947 as a twenty three year old man.

The lawsuit had claimed that the company knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure, and the West Virginia Supreme Court has now decided that the retirement package that the worker accepted in 1986 did no released his former employer from future claims. �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������

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