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Defendants Move Asbestos Case to Federal Court

One of the 2 dozen or more defendant companies in a lawsuit over asbestos-related lung cancer has removed the case to a federal court.

United Technologies Corporation filed a notice on Monday for removing the lawsuit filed by William Wood in July 2012 from Madison County Court to United States District Court for Illinois’ Southern District.

UTC, along with 27 other defendant companies, was sued by Wood over the lung cancer he developed because of his exposure to the asbestos products made, sold or used by the companies.

Wood worked as a construction and manufacturing worker and electrician between 1960 and 1981. As part of his job, he spent his time at a number of work sites in West Virginia and Ohio, according to the complaint.

Stating that the defendant companies should’ve known regarding the risks linked to asbestos exposure, the 8-count suit filed by Wood is seeking approximately $50000. The companies are sued for their alleged negligence, wanton and willful misconduct, conspiracy, strict liability and negligent elimination of evidence.

Steven Aroesty, a Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLC attorney, is representing Wood.

Wood has filed 2 or more other asbestos-related lung cancer lawsuits in Madison County since year 2012.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant companies failed to warn the workers regarding the health risks associated with the handling of asbestos products. Neither did they provide them with any sort of protective equipment for preventing them to be exposed to the dangerous cancer-causing mineral, the suit states. They failed to keep a safe environment for the workers and negligently exposed them to the toxic fibres of asbestos, the plaintiff alleges.

The most frequent source of asbestos exposure in the United States is workplace. In spite of their knowledge regarding the health risks it posed, many companies in the United States used asbestos material in their facilities, putting the workers at the risk of developing fatal asbestos-linked diseases such as asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Asbestos exposure generally occurs at work places like construction sites, navy vessels, shipyards etc. Many people have been exposed to the dangerous substance during construction, renovation and demolition of commercial structures. Those who work in the close vicinity of insulated piping and boilers are also at risk. Additionally, staff and students in old school buildings could be at risk because almost old buildings in the nation still contain asbestos, especially in floor tiles, ceiling tiles and insulation.