Robert W. Johnson & Associates was retained to provide economic testimony in quantifying the present cash value of lost income and lost household services.
Location: San Francisco, California
Case: George Barnes and Darlene Barnes v. A.W. Chesterton Company, et al.
Court: San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. 446017.
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Martha Berman of the Law Offices of Levin, Simes, Kaiser and Gornick, San Francisco, California.
Judge: The Honorable Diane Elan Wick.
Case Synopsis: George Barnes, a union ship fitter, had worked at the Long Beach Naval shipyard for 25 years before retiring in 1992. Prior to his 60th birthday, Mr. Barnes, who had never smoked, began experiencing a persistent cough and noticed that his lung capacity had diminished.
He went to see his doctor and the doctor was suspicious of the symptoms and requested an x-ray of his chest. The resulting image showed a large mass in the right side of his chest and a collapsed right lung. The doctor was unable to determine the type of mass, so he consulted a pulmonologist.
Mr. Barnes was then sent to a surgeon who performed a biopsy. After receiving the biopsy results, the doctors determined that Mr. Barnes was suffering from terminal mesothelioma, a lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Expert Testimony: In this case, Mr. Johnson was retained to testify regarding loss of income and household services.
Mr. Johnson reviewed Mr. Barnes’ income sources to determine his future economic losses. Mr. Barnes was receiving a Federal Civil Service Pension of $32,808 per annum and a Navy Pension of $10,800 per annum. He was projected to receive Social Security benefits of $6,264 per annum beginning in August 2011. His household services were valued at $10,346 per annum.
Dr. Barry Horn, plaintiff’s pulmonologist, projected Mr. Barnes’ reduced life expectancy to be only an additional 6 months. This is compared to a normal life expectancy of 20 years. Mr. Johnson’s calculation of Mr. Barnes’ lost income and household services over 19.5 years (20 years - 6 months = 19.5 years) totaled $1,040,057.