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Some Successful Lawsuits:

Workers’ Compensation

Speaking Points

Mr. Ubhi was an otherwise healthy, vegetarian, nonsmoking waiter with no risk factors for heart disease who suffered a heart attack.  His only risk factor was exposure to secondhand smoke in the restaurant where he worked.  He received an $85,000 settlement.67

Ms. Schiller, a teacher who was diagnosed with chronic obstructive lung disease caused by exposure to secondhand smoke at the school where she worked, received a $29,999 settlement.68

A nonsmoking nurse who worked for 18 years at a psychiatric unit at a Veterans’ Administration hospital died of lung cancer.  Her husband was awarded death benefits under federal workers’ compensation.69

67 Associated Press.  Nonsmoker compensated for ailment.  The Orlando Sentinel, December 15, 1990.

68 Pascual, P.  Teacher  wins settlement over tobacco smoke.  Los Angeles Times, April 25, 1992.

69 Geyelin, M.  Widower wins death benefits in case over secondhand smoke in workplace.  Wall Street Journal, December 13, 1995.

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