Lawsuit claims asbestos-containing products caused man’s lung cancer

22 Aug 2018 by under Legal

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Lawsuit claims asbestos containing products caused mans lung cancerBP Products North America Inc., Chevron USA, and several other companies are being sued by an Illinois couple over claims the companies failed to warn about the risks of asbestos exposure.

Robert and Yvonn Fulton filed the lawsuit July 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois, alleging the companies’ were negligent in manufacturing products that contained fibers, which Robert worked with throughout his career. He claims his exposure to the in the products contributed to his lung cancer.

The couple claims that the companies knew that there were adequate asbestos-free products that could have been used, but chose instead to manufacture their products with the carcinogenic mineral. The companies also failed to warn of the risks of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is a group of fibrous minerals found in rock and soil. The fibers are strong and fire-resistant and are used to make a variety of products from building materials, friction products, fire-retardant materials, and talcum powders.

Robert claims that he inhaled or ingested the microscopic asbestos fibers from the various products he came in contact with, products that were manufactured by the defendants. These fibers can penetrate the pleural lining of the lungs and chest wall and cause debilitating diseases including lung cancer, the chronic lung ailment asbestosis, and , a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs and other internal organs.

Asbestos cancer can lie dormant for decades, but when symptoms appear, the prognosis is grave.

Researchers have known about the link between asbestosis and cancer since the late 1920s, and gradually through the years, those sickened by asbestos exposure and their loved ones began filing lawsuits.

Current-day asbestos lawsuits alleging asbestos exposure target a variety of defendants including manufacturers of machinery; owners of workplaces where asbestos-containing products were installed; and makers of tools used to cut asbestos-containing parts, to name a few.

Source: Madison-St. Clair Record

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