Widow blames several companies for late husband’s lung cancer diagnosis

5 Oct 2018 by under Legal

asbestos warning 100x100 Widow blames several companies for late husbands lung cancer diagnosisDuring Frank Bentz’s career throughout the 1970s, he was exposed at various times to cancer-causing asbestos in the products he worked with, which contributed to his lung cancer diagnosis in October 2016, and his death Nov. 25, 2016. Now his widow, Linda Bettz, is fighting for justice.

Mrs. Bentz, on behalf of her husband’s estate, filed a complaint in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Gardner Denver Inc., Grinnell LLC, Pneumo Abex LLC, and several other companies, alleging they contributed to her husband’s wrongful death.

The complaint states that Mr. Bentz inhaled or ingested the microscopic fibers that emanated from certain products that were made, sold, distributed, or installed by the companies named in the lawsuit. The complaint alleges that the companies knew that their products contained fibers, and that the mineral was carcinogenic to humans, but failed to provide adequate warnings, protection or information to those who worked with or around their -contaminated products.

Asbestos is a durable and fire-resistant mineral that was widely used in shipbuilding and construction materials. Its use was restricted in the 1980s. Asbestos exposure can cause serious illnesses including the chronic lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and , a rare form of cancer that forms in the tissue that surrounds the lungs, abdomen and other internal organs.

Asbestos-related cancers can take years – even decades – to develop. Once diagnosed, the prognosis is generally poor, as it was in Mr. Bentz’s case. He died just six weeks after his diagnosis.

Source: St. Louis Record

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