The sister of a mesothelioma cancer victim recently filed an asbestos cancer lawsuit against a Nebraska city, alleging that her sibling was exposed to asbestos while working at a now shuttered multi-purpose arena located in the municipality. According to the mesothelioma lawsuit, the victim passed away in February 2020 after a battle with a rare and deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos found in the Pershing Center where she worked for decades. She alleged that the town of Lincoln knew or should have known that the asbestos threat existed.
According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, the victim worked at the Pershing Center from 1974 through 2014 and was there during periods where maintenance crews removed or replaced asbestos insulated pipe coverings. The lawsuit further claims that the asbestos ceiling insulation would fall from the ceiling during concerts and due to patrons touching the ceiling. The mesothelioma cancer lawsuit alleges that the city of Lincoln was negligent when it failed to properly supervise contractors who worked on the facility or conduct proper tests on the materials present in the environment.
The lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s estate seeks to recover costs for the victim’s medical bills and burials costs, as well as damages for her pain and suffering while living with her mesothelioma cancer diagnosis before her passing. While nothing can undo the loss of a loved one, the law gives the surviving family members the right to continue claims on the deceased’s behalf and seek justice for the harm caused by negligent parties.
For decades, asbestos was used in a variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications because of its heat-resistant properties and ability to be molded to fit various uses. However, asbestos was also known to cause serious health conditions and companies continued to use it as an insulation material. It was not until the mid 1970s that the federal government took definitive action to effectively ban its use but the harm caused by asbestos continues to this day.
Across the country, hundreds of thousands of structures like the one in Lincoln are teeming with asbestos installed from before it was made illegal in construction. Oftentimes, innocent bystanders are exposed to asbestos being disturbed through renovations or even asbestos abatement to the facility.
Exposure to asbestos is linked to developing mesothelioma, a form of cancer that commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding the heart, lungs, and abdominal cavity. There is currently no cure for mesothelioma, and because many patients do not receive a diagnosis for decades after their exposure they are often left with limited treatment options to fight the disease and prolong their lives.
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