New Jersey injury lawyer Ricky Bagolie notes that his firm represented Asbestos victims who were part of a $16.4 million award. The victims suffered injuries as a result of being exposed to asbestos during their careers with the Long Island Railroad (LIRR).
During the trial, the company noted that dust masks were available to the workers and used that fact as part of their defense. However, their own Asbestos Awareness program acknowledged that the mask provided inadequate protection against asbestos fibers.
The jury found that the railroad knew about the dangers of asbestos dust beginning in the 1930s and failed warn their workers of the dangers and failed to protect them from the deadly fibers.