Lung cancer victim sues manufacturers of asbestos products

2 Aug 2018 by under Legal

asbestos warning 100x100 Lung cancer victim sues manufacturers of asbestos productsBen Adams and his wife Laura filed a lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois against several manufacturers, claiming exposure to asbestos while working with -containing products manufactured and sold by the companies caused him to develop lung cancer. Ben Adams claims the companies never warned that long-term exposure to the products could prove hazardous to his health.

The Adams’ lawsuit names Chicago-Wilcox Manufacturing Company, Dow Chemical Company, and , and several other. The couple is requesting a trial by jury.

Ben Adams claims he worked for years with products that contained asbestos but was never warned of the risks. Last year, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which he believes was caused by exposure to the carcinogenic asbestos.

Asbestos is fibrous mineral mined from the earth. Because it is strong and fire-resistant, it was widely used in building materials like insulation and friction products until the 1980s. The microscopic fibers of asbestos can go airborne when disturbed and be inhaled or swallowed and lodge in the lungs or chest. Asbestos exposure can lead to the chronic lung ailment asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs, like the lungs.

It can take 10 to 50 years for the adverse health effects of asbestos exposure to result in symptoms. Prognosis for people with asbestos-related cancer is generally poor. Mesothelioma patients, for example, usually die within 18 months of diagnosis.

Source: Madison-St.Clair Record

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