An eight-member jury in Defiance County on Friday, following a three day trial, decided that the surviving spouse of a former employee at Defiance’s General Motors plant is entitled to benefits through the state’s workers compensation program.
In the suit, which was filed back in 2009 by Loretta Bryant of Defiance, whose husband, Ivan, had worked at GM’s Defiance plant for approximately 30 years, will now be entitled to those benefits.
Ivan retired in 2003. In 2007, he died at the age of 67 from lung cancer. The suit had asked that Loretta Bryant be permitted to participate in the workers compensation fund for widow’s benefits as a result of her husband’s occupational disease and subsequent death. The jury’s decision came following the testimony of three doctors who all said that Ivan Bryant’s lung cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos while working for GM.