, Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

Ohio Jury Awards $50 Million Dollar Verdict in Personal Injury case

As Personal Injury Trial Lawyers, the lawyers at Sawan & Sawan know how powerful a jury verdict can be. While many personal injury cases settle well before trial, many catastrophic injury cases end up in front of a jury. On February 27th, 2020, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio rendered a verdict for an injured Plaintiff in the amount of $50 million dollars. 

The case stems from a toxic tort lawsuit entitled Abbott v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., S.D. Ohio, No. 2:17-cv-99. The verdict was rendered in favor of a Pomeroy, Ohio husband and wife couple after the husband, Travis Abbot, lost his testicles to cancer. The lawsuit alleged that water contaminated with DuPont’s “forever chemicals” caused the testicular cancer. The specific chemical at issue was Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), also known as C8. This manmade chemical has a high potential to be a health concern due to the fact that it remains in the environment and the human body for extremely long periods of time. 

The verdict for the plaintiffs was all compensatory. There was no finding of “actual malice” – therefore there was no punitive damage award against DuPont. However, the jury did award Travis Abbot $40 million dollars, and his wife Julie, $10 million dollars in loss of consortium. 

Despite the significant jury verdict against them, DuPont remained defiant. In a statement, Dan Turner, reputation and media relations leader, said:

“DuPont does not believe that historical DuPont’s use of PFOA contributed to the plaintiffs’ past health problems and disagrees with the jury’s decision regarding compensatory damage… However, the jury’s decision not to award punitive damages validates our position that at no time was there a conscious disregard for those living near the Parkersburg, West Virginia, plant.”

Learn More About the Verdict

, , Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

Dennis E. Sawan

Managing Partner

Licensed in Ohio and Florida

, , Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

Dennis P. Sawan

Senior Partner

Licensed in Ohio and Georgia

, , Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

Christopher A. Sawan

Partner

Licensed in Ohio and Michigan

Contact an Attorney today to discuss your case.

At Sawan & Sawan, we offer free initial consultations. We represent clients in Ohio, Georgia, Michigan and Florida. From our family to yours.

Request A Call

Videos

Play Video
Play Video
Play Video
Play Video

More Content

discover our latest Articles

, Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

The Ultimate Guide to Non-Compete Agreements in Florida Are you wondering about the enforceability of non-compete agreements in Florida? Companies big and small often employ

Read More »
, Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

The Statute of Frauds in Contract Law When contract lawyers analyze the statute of frauds, they usually are focused on the specific statute in whatever

Read More »
, , Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

The Ultimate Guide to Non-Compete Agreements in Ohio Companies big and small often employ noncompete agreements in order to protect company goodwill, confidential information and

Read More »
, Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

The Difference Between Independent Contractors and Agents From an agency law perspective, independent contractors and agents are different in very meaningful ways. When we look

Read More »
, Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

Are Employers Liable for Employee Actions? Whether or not an employer is liable for the actions of its employees is essentially an agency liability problem.

Read More »
, , Personal Injury Lawyers | Sawan and Sawan

Florida Jury Issues a $1 Billion Dollar Verdict in Truck Accident Case A jury in Nassau County, Florida returned a massive $1 Billion dollar verdict

Read More »

Related Pages

Top