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Clifford and Jo Hansen

 Retirement in his dream home near a golf course made it convenient for Clifford Hansen to stay active, something he had effortlessly done all his life.

Clifford had served his country in the Navy during World War II. He''d helped build a race car that had beaten Mario Andretti. He''d performed strenuous physical labor for 40 years, so it was difficult for him to understand his sudden labored breathing, and to learn, in November, 1996, that he was terminally ill.

From the late 1930s until the early '70s, Clifford had supported himself and his family working in numerous states all over the country as a boilermaker and sheet-metal worker. Throughout his career, Clifford had worked in proximity to block insulation, pipe insulation and refractory materials and other products that produced hazardous asbestos dust which he breathed on a regular basis.

Near the end of Clifford's illness, the Hansens retained Hendler Lyons Flores. Scott Hendler rushed to complete Clifford's deposition just three days before his death in December, 1996. That record became the key for holding several defendants largely responsible for Clifford''s fatal illness.

"Scott followed our direction, and the Hendler people were true to their word," said Jo Hansen. "They are like family, and they treated us as such."

Clifford was a hard worker for more than four decades, but the manufacturers of asbestos products failed to warn him, and their negligence robbed him of years of his life, and his family of his presence and support for all that time. The $1.35 million settlement won by Hendler Lyons Flores on behalf of Clifford Hansen brought peace of mind to his family.