Chicago, IL – A man has filed a lawsuit over allegations that he developed mesothelioma – an incurable type of cancer that affects the mesothelial cells – because of his regular exposure to toxic dust and fibers of asbestos during his job.
Timothy Mulholland has filed a suit on 27th May in the circuit court of Cook County against Riley Power Incorporated, Wheeler Energy Corporation and United States Steel Corporation, in addition to a number of other businesses.
The lawsuit further states that Mulholland was exposed to or breathed in asbestos fibers while dealing with or working near the products designed, made, sold, marketed, advertised, installed or used by the defendants. According to Mulholland, he was exposed to the carcinogenic mineral all through his employment. He had been working as a bricklayer, naval reservist, welder, home remodeler and fitter, the suit states. Apart from this, Mr. Mulholland was exposed to toxic fibers of asbestos through a number of non-occupational projects, the suit claims.
According to the suit, Mulholland was diagnosed in 23rd April with malignant mesothelioma, a disease which is developed exclusively because of breathing in or ingesting asbestos particles. He says the defendant corporations are liable for his medical condition. The companies negligently failed to warn workers such as Mulholland regarding the risks involved in their jobs or about the dangerous nature of the products that they are regularly work with and around.
While allowing employees to work in a dangerous environment, employers are supposed to take enough measures for protecting the health of the workers. However, the plaintiff says, he was never provided with any protective equipment which could have prevented him from breathing in the deadly fibers of asbestos through the various products of the defendants. The companies knew or should have known of all the potential hazards associated with their products. However, they never warned workers like Mr. Mulholland about the risks, the suit claims.
Mulholland claims he was diagnosed with mesothelioma on April 23. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer which is almost always incurable. Though it decades for the disease to start showing initial symptoms, it can kill most of the victims within a year. Treatments are only for relieving the major symptoms of the cancer and extending the survival.
In his lawsuit, Mulholland is asking for an unspecified amount in damages. A law firm based in Chicago, Illinois, will be representing Mr. Mulholland in his legal battle.