A Federal Court in the Northern District of Alabama recently awarded the family of a Florence woman $3,500,000.00. Court records show that Mrs. Bobo inhaled asbestos fibers for nearly 20 years while doing the laundry which included her husband’s clothes. Her husband was employed by the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant which is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Her husband James also died of asbestos related cancer in 1997. Mrs. Bobo was diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer caused by asbestos in 2011. A court filing in February also shows that Mrs. Bobo and her husband were also exposed to asbestos during his employment with Alabama Wire Plant of Florence, Alabama. Judge Smith said in the matter that he found that Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant violated Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, as well as their own safeguards.
We are seeing a higher rate of Mesothelioma diagnosis in spouses due to the transmission of asbestos fibers in the laundry and throughout the home. All of this could have been prevented.