A Defiance County jury on Friday, decided that the widow of a former General Motors employee who died of lung cancer is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. It took a jury about four and a half hours to reach their decision, in which they ruled that Fayrene Dennis of Arkansas, the widow of Johnny Dennis, who was employed by General Motors at the Defiance GM plant from 1969 to 1995, should be entitled to the benefits. Johnny Dennis died at the age of 57 back in 2003, and his death, according to medical experts, was more than likely caused by lung cancer that he developed due to asbestos exposure during his employment with GM. It was found that despite a General Motors asbestos removal program back in 1976, asbestos was still present in the plant for many years after that.
The trial took place less than two months after a jury decided back in February, that Loretta Bryant of Defiance, the widow of another long-time GM employee Ivan Bryant, who also died from lung cancer, is entitled to benefits.