The surviving family of Tommy Lloyd White Sr. was awarded $3.8 million by a district court for damages related to his employment with Entergy. Mr. White worked for Entergy Gulf States Louisiana from 1955 to 1974. While employed by Entergy Mr. White worked as an operator at the Louisiana Station, a facility in East Baton Rouge Parish. During his 8-hour shifts, Mr. White was exposed to asbestos fibers when maintaining turbines, boilers, and support pumps.
Dr. Steven Speeg, Mr. White’s primary care physician, testified that Mr. White suffered the onset of mesothelioma symptoms for years before being diagnosed. Breathing problems, chest pains, shortness of breath, fatigue, and wheezing affecting Mr. White were originally thought to be the symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
On July 25th, 2011, Mr. White began hospice care due to his symptoms progressively worsening and eventually culminating in his death on August 8th 2011. Dr. Speeg testified that at the end of his life, Mr. White was suffering from lack of oxygen despite being on an oxygen machine and was treated with morphine for pain management.
Due to Mr. White’s stoic nature and likely his reluctance to worry his family, Entergy argued that the $3.8 million dollar verdict was too high implying that Mr. White did not suffer too much.
Lucy, Mr. White’s daughter, testified that her father suffered tremendously towards the end of his life. Lucy, a nurse, moved in and began constant care for her parents.
Despite Entergy’s fight, the verdict came as one of the two highest survival action verdicts in Louisiana state history. Both of these verdicts came under the representation of Lewis Unglesby.