Beaumont, Texas – A woman from Jefferson County is asking for a deposition for a potential case in the future over allegations that the lung cancer of one of her relatives was a direct result of her occupational exposure to asbestos fibers.
A petition has been filed by Nancy Gregory for recording the testimony of deceased James Gregory by deposition 3rd July in the United States Dist. Court in Jefferson County in expectation of a possible lawsuit against E I Du Pont de Nemours and Company. The petition cites wrongful death.
The complaint states that James Gregory had been exposed to toxic dust and fibres of asbestos during his job with DuPont and, as a result, was diagnosed later with deadly lung cancer. Typically, asbestos-related diseases take a few decades to appear following the victim’s original exposure to asbestos fibers. However, these diseases are either incurable or extremely hard to cure, according to medical experts.
Nancy Gregory is asking for deposition as the disease of James Gregory is likely to be fatal. A Beaumont (Texas) law firm is representing her in this case.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and several other federal and state agencies have certain regulations and laws which should be strictly followed while working near or with dangerous products containing asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral known to cause cancer. It has been proven that malignant mesothelioma, an incurable form of cancer which affects the mesothelial cells, is caused exclusively due to the victim’s inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers in the past.
Nearly 3000 United States citizens are diagnosed every year with mesothelioma and even more dies from asbestos-related lung cancer, studies indicate. Signs of diseases like malignant mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer do not generally come out until several decades after the victim’s initial asbesots exposure. Therefore, the correct diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases is very hard.
Asbestos-related cancers are caused by breathing in or ingestion of microscopic asbestos fibers. When the toxic fibres enter the human body, they could cause substantial genetic changes in the healthy mesothelial cells. Over time, these mesothelial cells die while tumors start growing in their place. According to medical experts, exposure to asbestos fibers is the only risk factor and cause for malignant mesothelioma, whereas lung cancer could be caused by other reasons as well, such as exposure to radon or smoking cigarettes.