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Auto Mechanic Develops Asbestos-related Lung Cancer

A man is suing a number of companies over allegations that he developed deadly lung cancer because of his regular exposure to the defendant’s products which contained asbestos.

Ronald Gatewood, who had been working as an auto mechanic, has filed a lawsuit on 29th April in the circuit court of Cook County. The suit names against companies including A W Chesterton Company, H B Fuller Company, and Crane Company as defendants. Dozens of other businesses also have been named as defendants in this case. The plaintiff says the companies are legally responsible for his present condition.

According to the suit, Gatewood was continuously exposed to hazardous dust and fibers of asbestos during his job between 1954 and 1982. During his employment, the plaintiff was exposed to the dangerous mineral through various products made, designed, distributed, supplied, installed or used by the defendant businesses. He had been working as an auto mechanic and various other capacities. Because of his occupational exposure to asbestos fibres, Gatewood developed lung cancer, the suit states.

The defendant companies failed to warn workers such as Greenwood regarding the deadly features of asbestos and the risks involved in working with and around asbestos products, the suit says. While working around numerous asbestos-containing products, the plaintiff was not at all aware of their hazardous nature and the consequences of asbestos exposure. The defendants never provided Greenwood with any sort of protective equipment, the suit states. They did not either warn him regarding the dangers of asbestos exposure, such as inhalation of asbestos fibres could result in terminal diseases like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Greenwood accuses the defendant companies of making, distributing, selling, or using products containing a known carcinogen, even though they were fully aware of the hazards of asbesots exposure. He is seeking compensatory damages for his physical pain, mental pain, emotional anguish, loss of earning capacity, lost revenues, medical costs, court costs, and attorneys’ fees. An Illinois law firm will be representing the plaintiff.

Working with products containing asbesots is the main risk factor for industrial diseases like malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Though asbestos is still used in certain products, its use became highly restricted after 1989 as the link between the material and cancer became clear. Floor tiles, soundproofing, gaskets, fireproof gloves, patching compounds, covers of ironing board, brake pads, and clutches are some asbestos-containing products.