A man diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer has filed lawsuits against numerous manufacturing companies, accusing them of knowingly exposing him and his fellow service members to the deadly carcinogenic material during his years of service to the country. Though the plaintiff is now living in Arizona, his case is being heard in the New York Supreme Court based on the exposure having taken place in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.The asbestos victim, whose cancer has metastasized from his lungs to his spine and his glands, has meticulously traced his work history and examined the various workplaces where he spent time over his career, and has been able to pinpoint his exposure to the years between 1953 and 1974 when he was enlisted in the Navy. During that time he worked on nine different ships at several shipyards, all of which put him in close proximity to the asbestos-contaminated materials that the Armed Forces, unaware of asbestos’ carcinogenic nature, relied upon. Though the military ordered asbestos products in order to ensure that service men and women were safe from heat and flame, the asbestos companies named in the man’s lawsuit were well aware of its hazards, but chose to keep the information secret in order to continue making big profits from use of the inexpensive material.
The asbestos lung cancer patient acknowledges having smoked cigarettes prior to the year 2000, but his medical examination has pointed to asbestos as the source of his illness, as he has asbestos plaques in his lungs. These plaques and the associated cancers take decades to develop, precluding the idea that he might have been exposed to the carcinogenic material at his subsequent workplaces.
When product manufacturers like those named in the lawsuit are aware of hidden dangers in the goods that they sell, they are required to disclose that information so that people can choose whether to work with their product, or to protect themselves. It is the failure to do this that is the basis of this latest asbestos lawsuit. If you or someone you love has been similarly harmed by asbestos, whether you were diagnose with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, we can help. Call us today at 1-800-966-2244.