In 2009, an Alameda County Jury Awarded a total of $1,952,800, to an 85 year-old former contractor who was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos-containing products while working as a contractor in California and Hawaii. The Plaintiff in the case was Robert Kirchmann, a current resident of Washington state who had owned his own construction company, Skaggs & Kirchmann, during the 1950s and 1960s in Marin County, CA. The Jury awarded Mr. Kirchmann $102,800, in economic damages related to his past and future medical expenses, and his loss of household services. In addition, the jury awarded him $1,850,000 in non-economic damages, including his physical pain and mental suffering.
Prior to trial, Mr. Kirchmann was able to successfully resolve his case against numerous defendants. However, one defendant, a hardware store who had supplied most of the asbestos-containing products that Mr. Kirchmann used while at Skaggs & Kirchmann, refused to settle for a fair amount. As such, a decision was made by Mr. Kirchmann and his attorneys to go to trial against this defendant to hold it accountable for its fair share of the liability.