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Woman alleges husband's cancer death caused by employers

Previous exposure to asbestos continues to wreak havoc on the lives of individuals in Ohio and across the country. Those who worked in metal factories or with high-heat machinery, in car part or textile manufacturing and materials processing plants and more all-too-frequently develop cancer or other asbestos-related illnesses, sometimes decades after exposure. For example, a widow has recently filed a lawsuit in another state, claiming that her late husband's recent death from lung cancer was caused by the asbestos he encountered throughout his career.

The lawsuit accuses a number of the now-deceased man's former employers of negligence. The plaintiff, administrator of her husband's estate, claims that during his lifetime, he was exposed to asbestos fibers that he inhaled or ingested, and that this directly led to his Aug. 2017 lung cancer death. The dangerous products were all manufactured, distributed, sold or installed by the defendants named in the suit.

The man was initially diagnosed with his asbestos-induced disease in May 2016 and died from it a little over a year later, and his widow seeks to hold his previous employers financially responsible. The lawsuit accuses the companies of negligence, alleging that they included the highly toxic substance in their products despite knowing of its threats to human health. Additionally, the companies stand accused of failing to provide either adequate warnings of the dangers of working with or near products containing the hazardous material, or of giving instruction on how to do so safely.

The lawsuit requests economic and compensatory damages to exceed $50,000. While a successfully litigated lawsuit cannot bring back a deceased loved one, it can at least hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. If anyone in Cleveland or elsewhere in Ohio has similarly lost a family member to cancer or another asbestos-related illness, there are attorneys whose practices focus on asbestos litigation.

Source: madisonrecord.com, "Albany International Corp., others named in widow's asbestos injury suit", Lhalie Castillo, Jan. 9, 2018

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