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Machinist’s Widow Files Asbestos Lawsuit

Chicago, Illinois – The wife of a retired aviation machinist has filed a lawsuit which alleges that repeated asbestos exposure caused her husband to develop malignant mesothelioma that ultimately resulted in death.

Mary J Kirkendall is suing a number of defendant corporations including A W Chesterton Company as the personal rep. of Leon J Kirkendall’s estate. Kirkendall filed her lawsuit on 12th November in the circuit court in Cook County, IL.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s husband worked as an aviation machinist and several other capacities at different locations across the United States between 1942 and 1977.

Kirkendall states that the defendant companies were negligent in exposing her hubby to dangerous asbestos fibers. These companies were well aware of or should’ve known regarding the hazards of asbestos exposure. In spite of the fact that inhalation of asbestos fibers could result in deadly diseases like cancer, the companies allowed workers to deal with or work close to asbestos products. The workers were not provided with any protective apparel to prevent them from inhaling asbestos fibers, Kirkendall alleges.

According to the lawsuit, Leon died from malignant mesothelioma on 2nd June, 2012.

Kirkendall is asking for damages for all the pain and sufferings her husband experienced prior to his death because of his asbestos-related condition, and her loss of consortium, loss of society, medical costs and court costs. The amount of compensation she is seeking has not been specified in the lawsuit. Cooney and Conway attorney Daniel Ryan will represent her in court.

Malignant mesothelioma is a deadly cancer develops in the mesothelium (lining of lungs, abdomen and chest) of individuals exposed to asbestos fibers. It is a rare cancer which is exclusively caused by inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers. This cancer usually develops several decades after the exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma usually begins in the outer lining of the lungs (known as pleura), but could also arise in the membrane of the abdominal cavity (known as peritoneum). Rarely, the heart or the reproductive organs also can be affected.

At present, there is no known cure for malignant mesothelioma unless the cancer is detected in its preliminary stage and removed through a surgery. The unfortunate reality is that mesothelioma can’t be detected in its early stages. The symptoms usually appear several decades after the exposure to asbestos. However, there are effective treatments to ease the symptoms of mesothelioma and improve the prognosis.