Local Media Story: Welding Rod Verdict for Mesothelioma Plaintiff Due to Asbestos Content

Welding rods with asbestos are back at issue, with a new loss for the defense side in a mesothelioma case, if one accepts as accurate a media story from Friday, Oct0ber 21, 2016. Specifically, the story identifies the defendant and product at issue as follows:

“According to a statement from McKinney’s lawyer, Andrew Kelly with Wylder Corwin Kelly, “the jury found that Hobart Brothers had knowledge of the hazards of asbestos and negligently failed to warn Charles McKinney about the hazards of the asbestos in the flux of its welding stick electrodes.”

The full story is pasted below:

http://www.pantagraph.com/business/jury-awards-million-in-asbestos-case/article_a859f3ff-bf4e-5850-b881-f18541388365.html

“Jury awards $4.6 million in asbestos case

Edith Brady-Lunny eblunny@pantagraph.com

Oct 21, 2016

BLOOMNGTON — A McLean County jury awarded $4.6 million Friday to a Colfax man who developed cancer after he was exposed to asbestos while working for a Bloomington firm more than 50 years ago. The jury ruled in favor of Charles McKinney, 73, in his claim against Hobart Brothers Co. McKinney worked for Portable Elevator Co. at age 19.

According to a statement from McKinney’s lawyer, Andrew Kelly with Wylder Corwin Kelly, “the jury found that Hobart Brothers had knowledge of the hazards of asbestos and negligently failed to warn Charles McKinney about the hazards of the asbestos in the flux of its welding stick electrodes.”

McKinney developed mesothelioma, a cancer directly linked to exposure to asbestos.

The jury deliberated about six hours following a two-week trial.

Follow Edith Brady-Lunny on Twitter: @pg_blunny”

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