Veteran with lung cancer wants to hold corporations accountable

3 Sep 2018 by under Legal

Pearl Harbor Memorial Day 201Veteran Pearl Harbor 6 image by US Dept of Defense Ret Army Command Sgt Maj Sterling R Cale 90 371x210 100x100 Veteran with lung cancer wants to hold corporations accountableAn Illinois veteran who developed a type of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure is suing several companies claiming their asbestos-containing products caused his terminal illness.

Thomas D. Griffith filed his complaint July 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Belleville, Illinois. He claims companies like Dow Chemical Company, , and several others were negligent in failing to warn people who worked with their products that the products contained a carcinogenic mineral that could make them ill.

Griffith served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 until 1973, and later worked as a welder and a salesman. He was diagnosed with a type of lung cancer earlier this year.

Asbestos is a durable, fire-resistant mineral that was widely used in building materials like insulation and tiles, friction products like brakes and clutches, and shipbuilding materials. Use of the mineral has dropped off considerably since the 1980s, after regulations limited its use. That’s because asbestos can cause serious diseases including cancer.

The microscopic fibers of asbestos can be easily swallowed or inhaled by those who work with asbestos-containing products. The fibers can lodge inside the body and over several years and even decades can develop into the chronic lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the tissue that surrounds the lungs, abdomen and other internal organs.

Griffith is one of several workers who are holding many well-known corporations accountable for putting profits before the health of people. He is seeking a trial by jury and compensation for his pain and suffering among other damages.

Source: Madison Record

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