Concern has been expressed recently over an eighty five year old man who has developed the asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma, for which he was awarded compensation. A chemical plant operator and plumber for nearly forty years Gordon Conley may never actually see more than a fraction of the compensation he was awarded.
The reason is that although he was awarded a substantial sum in compensation after contracting malignant mesothelioma, a third party administrator that handles work related compensation claims in West Virginia, Wells Fargo Disability Management, is paying him in small monthly instalments.
Conley’s lawyer said he was concerned because the lifespan of those diagnosed with mesothelioma is generally very short, and this means that Conley may only ever see a small fraction of the amount that he was awarded.
His lawyer stated: “Instead of paying Mr. Conley a lump sumÂ – which could legally be doneÂ – he is receiving a small amount on a monthly basis. At this pace, it is likely that he will only collect a very small portion of his award.”