After working hard all of their lives, some Ohio residents end up finding out that they suffer from an illness derived from their work environments. They may go through their lives believing that they escaped the serious health consequences arising out of asbestos exposure, until a cough or shortness of breath confirms their worst fears. Those individuals may be diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma or asbestosis.
One out-of-state woman intends to hold her father’s employer liable for her father’s exposure to asbestos. He worked as a lineman for a telephone company for approximately 26 years. During that time, he repeatedly suffered exposure from products the company installed, along with other products manufactured or sold by other companies named in a lawsuit she recently filed.
The Illinois woman’s father passed away in June 2016 after suffering from mesothelioma. She claims that the companies involved negligently used asbestos when other alternatives were available that would not have caused the same dangers. The companies also failed to provide instructions and warnings regarding this toxic substance, including the dangers people could face when working around or with it. This was a common issue back during the time the man worked for the phone company.
It will be up to the court to determine the liability issues in this case, just as one would be here in Ohio. Asbestos exposure may take a significant amount of time to become a debilitating or deadly illness. Many people are caught unaware after decades of believing they dodged a bullet, so to speak. When that happens, they need compassionate and experienced representation to get them the restitution they deserve.