Justice recently came for the widow of a former auto mechanic who passed away after a battle with mesothelioma brought on by years of exposure to asbestos fibres while working at a large chemical company his estate claimed was responsible for the cancer diagnosis. The settlement came during the middle of a trial in a Philadelphia court, allowing the defendants to end the litigation without having to disclose the terms of the resolution or admit fault for manufacturing the asbestos-contaminated materials that caused the victim to become sick.
According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, the victim worked in a Gulf Oil Gas Station in South Fork from 1957-1958 performing various auto repairs with asbestos-containing brake shoes. The deceased also worked for chemical company Rohm & Haas from 1959-1997 at its Bristol facility as well as its Bristol and Croydon plants where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos fibers in thermal insulation contained on piping, kettles, boilers, valves, pumps, turbines and other equipment.
Asbestos was once commonly used in a variety of industrial, commercial, and military applications for its heat-resistant and malleable properties as an insulation. Unfortunately for workers and installers, the material is also carcinogenic and directly linked to developing the deadly cancer, mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that commonly affects thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organs like the heart, lungs, and abdomen and is directly linked to asbestos exposure. The disease is also known to have a latency period of anywhere from 20 to 50 years, leaving many patients with limited treatment options by the time their doctors make a diagnosis. While researchers have made many strides in treating mesothelioma, there is still no definitive cure for the disease.
Despite knowing about the links between asbestos exposure and developing serious health conditions, manufacturers continued to market and develop their dangerous, asbestos-contaminated products. Even before federal law placed serious restrictions on the manufacture and use of asbestos, these companies were well aware of the risk to the public but did nothing to warn ordinary working people about the dangers they could face by inhaling asbestos fibers.
Although nothing can undo the harm caused by a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis, by hiring an nationwide mesothelioma lawyer and filing a lawsuit, plaintiffs can hold wrongdoers accountable for their indifference to public safety. Furthermore, an asbestos cancer lawsuit can help recover vital compensation needed to pay for necessary medical treatment, hospital expenses, lost wages while missing work, physical pain and suffering of fighting the cancer, and the emotional distress of living with the disease.
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