A man from Montgomery County who is allegedly suffering from asbestosis which he developed after working with various asbestos products has filed a lawsuit recently in the state court. William Filandino is 92 years old. The suit was filed by William Filandino and Edith, Filandino’s wife who is residing in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on 21st March. 15 companies have been named as defendants in the case.
Philadelphia lawyer Edward Nass filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs. The suit says William Filandino was diagnosed on 14th February, 2013 with a disease called pulmonary asbestosis. The diseases can cause pulmonary impairment as well as disability.
The plaintiffs allege that Mr. Filandino was exposed by the defendants to dangerous asbestos material during his career with Nicolet Industries. He had worked as a shipper, spray painter, utility man and dryer as part of his employment.
The suit says Filandino was also exposed to the cancer causing mineral while carrying out home renovation works and automobile maintenance works. He had also worked as a saw cutter, machinist and laborer during his career, the lawsuit states.
Filandino had served in the U.S. Marine Corporation between 1943 and 1945, the suit says.
“Investigation and discovery are continuing still regarding whether Filandino has been exposed to the carcinogenic substance in some other occupational or non-occupational settings,” the complaint says.
Each day, more than 1 million individuals in the United States go to a place of work where they are exposed to substantial amounts of toxic asbestos, the OSHA (Occupational Safety & Heal Administration) says. Asbestos is actually a strong fibrous material occurring in the nature. Due to its durability, resistance to corrosion, heat, fire and electricity, flexibility, low cost, and many other excellent properties, asbestos was extensively utilized in a number of industries as well as occupations for many decades. However, much before the popularity of asbestos was peaked, it became associated with several health issues. Over these years, numerous workers have developed terminal asbestos-linked illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural plaques, colorectal and gastrointestinal cancers etc.
Asbestos Corp. Ltd; Bell Asbestos Mines Limited; Certain-Teed Corporation; DAP; Drever Group; Honeywell International; Foster Wheeler Corporation; IPA Systems; Keeler Boiler Company; Metro Life Insurance Company; Pep Boys; Weinstein Supply Company; and Union Carbide Corporation are the companies cited as defendants in the lawsuit.