Wilson, Westinghouse, Asbestos & Mesothelioma

ASBESTOS, MESOTHELIOMA, CANCERWilson, Westinghouse, Asbestos & Mesothelioma: A case in the United States District Court, E.D. Virginia, Newport News Division ruled on a motion for summary judgment.

The Wilson, Westinghouse, Asbestos & Mesothelioma case documents what a shipfitter, electrician and others working at a shipyard may face today after past potential asbestos exposure –  mesothelioma.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • From 1963-2001, plaintiff was employed by the United States Navy at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a shipfitter, electrician, draftsman, and engineer. Plaintiff’s complaint stated that he had been diagnosed with asbestosis on March 15, 2001, a disease caused by asbestos-containing insulation products he encountered at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.When the case was removed to this Court, plaintiff produced medical records indicating that he had since been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer. 
  • Plaintiff’s remaining claims stem from his work as a nuclear engineer and electrical engineer from approximately 1971 through 1979, during which he encountered Westinghouse circuit breakers containing arc chutes. Each circuit breaker, designed to protect the circuit that supplied electricity to other pieces of equipment on the ship, contained three arc chutes.
  • The are chutes associated with the circuit breaker were designed to catch an electric arc or “fireball” generated by the opening and closing of a circuit. The arc chutes dissipated the heat and energy accompanying the fireball moving up the chute so that it did not damage the breaker assembly. Each arc chute was encapsulated in a hard, molded resin matrix. 

The court ruled:  Granted  To find out more on the case, see Case No. 4:14-CV-91– November 19, 2015.

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