A man from Belleville, Illinois recently filed an asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit against Abbott labs, claiming his years of exposure to the toxic insulation was the proximate cause of his life-threatening cancer. The suit, filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court claims Abbott Laboratories and dozens of other companies were negligent in their failure exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety of their workers.
The plaintiff claims he contracted mesothelioma by breathing in asbestos fibers while working at Abbott Laboratories in Northern Illinois. Apart from his former employer, the plaintiff accuses Alcatel Lucent USA Inc. and many others of negligently manufacturing, selling, distributing and installing products containing asbestos fibers.
The asbestos mesothelioma cancer lawsuit asks for $50,000 from each defendant as compensation for his injuries. Additionally, the claims asks to recoup legal fees associated with filing the case and litigating the lawsuit. Depending on how many defendants are held liable for damages, the claim could potentially be worth a substantial amount of compensation.
Illinois Among National Leaders in Asbestos Mesothelioma Claims
Sources investigating cause and effect relationships between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma rank Illinois among national leaders in potential asbestos exposure sites. Illinois has an estimated 400 such known exposure sites, including Abbott Laboratories located in North Chicago. There are over 150 cities in Illinois may have asbestos exposure sites like Abbott Laboratories. Still further, there are numerous manufacturers and suppliers who placed their asbestos containing materials in the Illinois stream of commerce that knew or should have known about the risk of asbestos contaminations, but did little or nothing to share that information with the people affected the most.
How Do I Know if My Mesothelioma was Caused by Asbestos Exposure?
While many mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos exposure at industrial job sites like shipyards, construction areas, industrial and manufacturing centers, and textile companies there are numerous other ways victims may come in contact with asbestos. During the mid-20th Century, many products were manufactured with asbestos which placed potentially millions of people at risk for developing life-altering medical conditions.
Because mesothelioma is such a rare cancer with direct causal links to asbestos exposure, mesothelioma is referred to as the signature disease of asbestos exposure. Simply stated, mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Often times, employees worked in environments heavily contaminated with asbestos but were unaware that they were placed at risk.
However, many employers and manufacturers knew or should have known about the risk of asbestos contaminations but did little or nothing to share that information with the people affected the most. In these situations, victims of asbestos exposure may be entitled to substantial compensation if they contracted mesothelioma as a result of another’s negligence or carelessness.
Experienced Mesothelioma Lawsuit Attorneys
If your or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office for a free legal consultation about your case. The experienced mesothelioma lawsuit attorneys of The Throneberry Law Group can help investigate your case and hold wrongdoers accountable for their negligent and careless actions.
Victims of asbestos exposure could be entitled to substantial compensation for their injuries including medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Surviving family members may also have legal rights to file claims so please contact our office and find out your legal rights.