A New Jersey jury has awarded over thirty million dollars in compensation to the family of a man who died from asbestos related cancer. According to lawyers this is the state’s largest compensation payout over the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma.

Fifty year old Mark Buttitta died from mesothelioma in 2002. He allegedly contracted the cancer from handling auto parts that contained asbestos while working at GM Warehouses in New Jersey . His father and brother also worked at the warehouse.

According to reports the three men used to wear the same work clothes, and therefore asbestos dust and fibers were also brought into the home, which could have further contributed to the onset of the cancer.

A lawyer for the family said that the exposure could have started while he was still a child, stating: “Worse yet, as a young boy Mark would sit on his dad’s lap, or next to him on the sofa, every night to watch TV, and was innocently exposed to asbestos.”

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