Chicago, IL – A man from Cook County is suing a number of businesses over allegations that he developed malignant mesothelioma because of his everyday exposure to the defendants’ products containing asbestos.
Robert Spilky has filed a suit on 7th April in the circuit court of Cook County against dozens of businesses including A W Chesterton Company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and a number of other companies.
The complaint states that the defendants intentionally exposed Spilky to toxic asbestos fibres through the products they manufactured, marketed, supplied, distributed, sold or used during his employment between 1957 and 1978. Spilky had been working as a painter. He was also exposed to the dangerous mineral while working in non-occupational projects, the suit states.
Spilky says he was diagnosed on 5th March with malignant mesothelioma, a disease which is exclusively caused by the victim’s prior exposure to asbestos fibres. Occupational asbestos exposure is the cause of most mesothelioma cases, although it may also caused by secondhand exposure to the dangerous fibres. Secondhand exposure takes place when a worker carries asbestos fibres and dust home through his overalls. The family members of workers who regularly deal with asbestos are at the risk of secondhand exposure to the deadly fibres.
Robert Spilky is asking for damages of more than the minimum jurisdictional limit, in addition to all associated costs. A Chicago law firm will represent him in his battle for justice.
Malignant mesothelioma is a very rare cancer which invades the mesothelium (protective membrane) around the internal body organs. The only known cause for mesothelioma is inhalation of asbestos dust and fibres. In the United States, mesothelioma reports are less when compared to other types of cancers. Mesothelioma often goes undiagnosed for 30 to 50 years following the exposure. The reason is that symptoms of mesothelioma do not usually appear until the cancer reaches its advanced stage. This cancer generally affects the following organs: lungs; abdomen; and heart. When mesothelioma affects the lining of lungs, it is known as pleural mesothelioma. When it affects abdomen, the cancer is called peritoneal mesothelioma. The cancer of the lining of heart cavity is known as pericardial mesothelioma.
According to the CDC (Centre for Disease Control & Prevention), nearly 3000 mesothelioma cases are diagnosed every year. Of these, approximately 80 percent are found in men aged above 60 years.