In the United States, the justice system has long permitted victims of personal injuries and negligence to seek justice from those responsible for their pain, and that is why malignant mesothelioma lawsuits have become one of the biggest mass torts in the country’s history. As Americans have received compensation for the wrongs done to them by asbestos companies, victims around the rest of the world have taken notice, and have begun to pursue liability claims too. The most recent of these is in Singapore, where a technician is suing the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) Corporation, claiming that the organization knowingly exposed him to asbestos particles and caused his asbestos-related lung cancer.
Exposure to asbestos has been proven to cause malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer and other serious and fatal conditions, and in the case of 57-year-old Ajit Singh, his decades of service as a technician has led to a diagnosis of lung cancer. He had worked for the company since 1980, servicing and replacing insulation material covering the exhaust systems that were part of the port’s cranes. His lawsuit indicates, “The power pack of the crane contains the exhaust, which is lined with asbestos which could be damaged or worn out.” He is accusing the company of knowing of asbestos’ dangers, yet taking no action to train workers on how to handle it, and failing to provide appropriate protective gear or equipment for handling the asbestos or coming close to it. He has also accused the company’s appointed medical clinic, Gethin-Jones Medical Practice of negligence, saying that the group should have provided better testing during their annual checkups so that his illness could have been detected earlier.
Though both companies are fighting Mr. Singh’s asbestos lawsuit by arguing that too much time has gone by between his exposure and his lawsuit, he has a significant amount of support and evidence, including a statement by senior consultant Dr. Choo Chuan Gee of the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital indicating that the time between exposure to asbestos and the development of lung cancer is about 30 years. If you or someone you love has been similarly impacted here in the United States, we can help. Contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.