The family of a repairman who died from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma has been awarded two and a quarter million dollars by a jury in New York. The compensation was made up of one and a half million dollars in compensation plus an additional three quarters of a million dollars in punitive damages.

The jury at the Erie County Court in New York found that Fisher Controls International was in part responsible for the death of a former New York worker, Ronald Drabczyk. The man worked on the repair of valves that contained asbestos, and these valves were manufactured by Fisher.

The punitive damages, which are rarely awarded, were given because the jury found that Fisher had failed to warn workers about the dangers of exposure to asbestos, and had therefore behaved recklessly. The punitive damages awarded in this case were thought to be the first in around two decades in New York.

Drabczyk worked with the valves between 1970 and 1988. His exposure to asbestos from the valves led to him developing the asbestos related cancer, and he passed away from the disease back in November of 2005.

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