Mrs Nerida Howells (formerly Nerida Miller), the Plaintiff, initiated proceedings against her ex-husband’s former employer due to her exposure to asbestos dust and fibre from contact with her ex-husband’s truck and through washing his contaminated clothing. As a result of this exposure, the Plaintiff contracted mesothelioma.
The Defendant did not contest the issue of liability. The Plaintiff’s former partner worked as a contract carter carting asbestos cement pipes from the defendant’s asbestos networks at Camellia to various locations in Sydney. Justice Curtis stated that it is well known that Amaca Pty Limited were the only manufacturers of asbestos cement piping at the time.
The remaining issue was the amount of damages that Amaca Pty Limited should be required to pay as a result of the Plaintiff’s injury.
Justice Curtis awarded general damages totalling $277,621.05.
The further damages awarded to Mr McGrath on this date totalled $277,621.05 plus the Defendant was ordered to pay the Plaintiff’s legal costs.
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