Aircraft mechanic sues companies for asbestos exposure

11 Nov 2018 by under Legal

airplane propeller 100x100 Aircraft mechanic sues companies for asbestos exposureJames LaFrentz worked as an aircraft mechanic for 40 years, ever since he graduated from high school in 1963. When he was diagnosed with -related malignant , he filed a lawsuit against companies that manufactured, sold, distributed, or installed materials that contained . LaFrentz’s wife Ila is also named in the lawsuit, which was filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas.

The lawsuit names Lockheed Martin Corp, 3M Co., and General Dynamics Corp., for exposing James LaFrentz to asbestos-containing materials. “Mr. LaFrentz was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from various asbestos-containing products that he was working with and around which were manufactured, sold, distributed, or installed by the defendants,” his original petition states.

Asbestos was widely used in construction, shipbuilding and friction materials. Its use was restricted in the 1980s because, for decades, asbestos was known to cause serious illness in those exposed to its microscopic fibers.

Asbestos can cause a chronic lung disease called asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. It generally takes about 10 to 50 years for asbestos-related diseases to develop. Mesothelioma is particularly dire. Most people with the disease die within 12 to 24 months.

Source: SE Texas Record

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