A Cook County resident is suing a number of companies following his malignant mesothelioma diagnosis which he alleges was caused by his occupational exposure to toxic asbestos fibres while working with and around the products designed, made, marketed, distributed, sold, installed, or used by the defendants.
Richard Schlaff has filed a suit on 15th April in the circuit court of Cook County against the companies, citing occupational exposure to asbestos dust and fibres. The defendants named in the suit include A W Chesterton Company, Union Carbide Corporation, and H B Fuller Company, in addition to dozens of other businesses.
Schlaff states that he had been exposed to toxic fibers of asbestos between years 1955 and 76 while working as a laborer, student, home remodeler and physician at different locations. As part of his jobs, he had to work with or close to the products manufactured, distributed or used by the defendant businesses, Schlaff claims. Many of those products contained asbestos – a notorious human carcinogen, he alleges.
Studies have proven that malignant mesothelioma is exclusively linked to the patient’s prior exposure to asbesots fibres, Schlaff says. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was diagnosed with the deadly cancer on 28th October, 2013.
The plaintiff is asking for damages of more than the jurisdictional limit for his physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyments of life, medical costs, court costs, interest and attorneys’ fees. He will be represented by a Chicago lawyer.
Companies like A W Chesterton and Crane are facing numerous lawsuits filed by former employees who are now suffering from various asbestos-related ailments. These employees say the companies never warned them regarding the hazardous nature of their products while allowing them to deal with or working around them. The companies also failed to provide them with enough protective gears, according to the claimants. The workers were not aware of the fact that asbestos could cause them to suffer fatal diseases like cancer in the future. They say the defendant companies intentionally and fraudulently concealed that fact from them in their rush for gaining as much profit as possible.
As asbestos hadn’t been a regulated substance until the 1980s, most industries in the United States used this mineral abundantly due to its low cost and its useful features such as ductility, durability, resistance against heat and fire etc. For this reason, many former industry workers are now suffering from dangerous asbestos-related conditions such as mesothelioma.