Mechanic sues manufacturing companies for asbestos exposure

13 Nov 2018 by under Legal

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Last year, after Donald G. Ream was diagnosed with lung cancer, he sought to hold responsible the companies he believes caused his deadly disease. In October, he and his wife, Joanne Ream, filed a lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois against AGCO Corp., Buffalo Air Handling, , and several others for negligently exposing him to cancer-causing asbestos as he was working as a mechanic. The Reams claim the companies failed to adequately warn workers or give them instructions about how to safely work with or around -containing products.

Asbestos is a durable and fire-resistant mineral that was widely used in construction and shipbuilding materials, as well as friction products like brake pads on vehicles. Its use was restricted in the 1980s, and it is rarely used today. It has been known for decades that exposure to the microscopic fibers of asbestos can lead to serious health problems including the chronic and incurable lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or chest.

It can take decades for asbestos-related diseases to develop. Once diagnosed, the prognosis is typically dire with many asbestos victims dying a year or two after diagnosis.

Despite the known carcinogenic properties of asbestos, many companies continued to manufacture or use products containing asbestos, but failed to protect workers from the risks of asbestos exposure. The Reams request a trial by jury and seek compensatory damages.

Source: Madison-St. Clair Record

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