Chicago, IL – A man has filed a lawsuit against General Electric Company and dozens of other corporations over allegations that his terminal cancer – known as malignant mesothelioma – was caused by his exposure to the defendants’ products. He says those products, which were designed, manufactured, sold, supplied, used or installed by the defendant corporations, contained asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral known to cause fatal diseases including cancer.
The suit was filed by George A Mehok on 2nd June in the circuit court of Cook County. The complaint names General Electric, Kellogg Company, Henry Pratt Company and a several other corporations as defendants.
According to the suit, Mehok was exposed regularly to the products designed, marketed, manufactured, sold or used by the defendant companies during his job. Those products contained hazardous asbestos and the plaintiff was not aware of it, the suit indicates. Neither he nor the other workers knew regarding the consequences of exposure to asbestos-containing products, Mehok argues. The suit indicates that Mehok had been working as a laborer in different capacities. He was exposed to the toxic fibers of asbestos through several non-occupational projects as well, the complaint says.
According to Mehok, he was diagnosed by his doctors in 6th March with malignant mesothelioma, a rare and fatal form of cancer which affects the mesothelial cells. He says it is his occupational exposure to asbestos fibers and dust that resulted in his present condition, as asbestos ingestion or inhalation is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Mehok says the defendant corporations are liable for his injuries.
Mesothelioma typically affects the protective membrane that surrounds the lungs, abdominal cavity or heart. In the United States, nearly 3000 individuals are diagnosed with this fatal cancer every year. Majority of them developed the cancer because of exposure to asbestos fibers that took place during their job. Sometimes secondhand exposure (exposure through the overalls of asbestos workers) also causes mesothelioma. Medical experts say mesothelioma is always deadly. Though long-term exposure to asbestos fibers is the cause of most mesothelioma developments, even one-time exposure could also result in the deadly cancer. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), there is nothing like ‘safe levels of asbestos exposure’.
In his lawsuit, George Mehok is asking for damages in excess of the jurisdictional minimum, in addition to court costs, attorneys’ fees and medical costs. A Chicago-based personal injury law firm is representing Mehok in this case.