While the use of asbestos in certain types of products has not been completely banned, at least the substance is more highly regulated. Tragically, the lasting effects of decades of asbestos use in manufacturing continues to be a problem in Ohio and around the country. In another state, for example, a legal complaint was filed only last month alleging that years of on-the-job asbestos exposure led to a former textile worker’s development of cancer.
The plaintiff worked as a textile mill worker at various companies for 44 years until 1999. It was during this time, per the complaint, that the man was exposed continually to asbestos fibers, which he inhaled, ingested and absorbed from certain products. The lawsuit alleges that this inhalation and absorption led to the eventual development of the plaintiff’s lung cancer.
The companies who manufactured the asbestos-containing products, Armstrong International Inc., Ameron International Corp., Armstrong Pumps Inc., et al., have been named in the lawsuit as defendants. This lawsuit alleges responsibility on their part in failing to provide any warnings of the dangers of working with the asbestos products. The companies also allegedly failed to provide adequate instructions on safe methods of working with the hazardous substance or on how a worker could avoid inhalation or ingestion of the carcinogenic asbestos fibers.
For this alleged negligence, the plaintiff is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000 as compensation for the injuries he suffered. Anyone in Ohio who has similarly developed cancer due to asbestos exposure is likely facing mounting medical costs on top of their unquantifiable pain and suffering. An asbestos litigation attorney with experience in situations of a similar nature will be able to offer invaluable guidance and support in a fight for just compensation should a lawsuit be in order.
Source: madisonrecord.com, “Textile mill worker alleges asbestos exposure caused cancer“, Noddy A. Fernandez, Nov. 9, 2017