In a wrongful death asbestos suit, a Buffalo, New York jury returned a verdict of $2.25 million dollars in favor of the family of a man who was exposed to asbestos from valves that he repaired in the chemical plant where he worked. The award included $750,000 in punitive damages.The man was exposed to the asbestos over a period of several years at the chemical plant before being diagnosed may years later with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer closely associated with exposure to asbestos. He died in 2005, before his asbestos suit reached trial.Many experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers consider mesothelioma to be a signature disease caused by asbestos exposure. This means that there almost no other known causes of this form of cancer. If you or a family member has been diagnosed as having mesothelioma, the chances are strong that you were exposed to asbestos at some time during your life. Resources are available to help identify the source of your exposure to asbestos and the identity of any corporations that may be responsible for your asbestos exposure.