A Michigan woman recently filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against more than two dozen defendants alleging her now deceased husband developed mesothelioma as a result of the companies’ use of deadly carcinogens in products used by the victim. Among the defendants named in the mesothelioma cancer lawsuit are American Optical Corporation, Guard-Line Inc. and Lamons Gasket Company, all accused of negligently designing and manufacturing various products that allegedly caused the victim’s death.
According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court on behalf of the deceased’s estate, the victim suffered from asbestos exposure while serving as a medic in the Vietnam War. and while operating a BP Amoco gas station in Wood River, Michigan. The lawsuit claims the defendants manufactured the asbestos-contaminated products that caused his terminal illness but did nothing to warn him of the health risks.
The lawsuit states that in October 2016, after many years of using the asbestos-laden products produced by the defendants, the victim received a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis and passed away just one month later. The asbestos cancer lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for the victim’s medical bills and pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages to punish the defendants for knowingly producing dangerous products.
Because it is a naturally occuring mineral with heat resistant properties, asbestos was once used in a variety of industrial, commercial, manufacturing, and military applications, which made it a very common additive to certain products. Some of the professions most often exposed to asbestos include pipe fitters, welders, steamfitters, electricians, firefighters, shipbuilders, power plant workers, and construction workers.
Even before the federal government took decisive action to effectively ban the use of asbestos in everyday products, asbestos companies knew full well the dangers their products posed to the general public, but did not place any warning labels on them. As a result, tens of thousands of innocent people developed serious health conditions after being exposed to asbestos, including developing mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is directly linked with exposure to asbestos and commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organs like the heart, lungs, and abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma often develops 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos, leaving patients with diminished treatment options by the time physicians finally make a diagnosis. There is no known cure for mesothelioma, despite worldwide research into the disease.
Although nothing can undo the harm of an asbestos cancer diagnosis, the law gives victims and their families the right to file lawsuits against negligent parties responsible for the asbestos exposure. Victims can recover compensation for their lost wages, medical bills, future medical care, pain and suffering, and emotional distress of living with the disease.
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