Baltimore Jury Awards $14.5M to Former Steamfitter in Mesothelioma Claim

Plaintiff William E. Busch, Jr.  filed suit against various defendants alleging asbestos exposure between 1967 and 1976 from both his work as a steamfitter and from home renovation projects. Busch, Jr. was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March of 2016 and filed suit shortly thereafter on April 11, 2016 under Case No. 24X16000151.

On February 16, 2017, following a three week trial presided by Judge Shannon Avery in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, the jury returned a verdict in plaintiff’s favor on counts of negligence and strict liability. The award totaled $14.5M pursuant to the following breakdown: $10M in noneconomic damages; $1.25M in economic damages; $318K in past medical expenses; and $3M for loss of consortium.