Alabama resident Shirley Sanders, on behalf of the estate of her late husband Mac Arthur Sanders, filed a lawsuit against nearly two dozen manufacturers in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois, alleging products manufactured by the companies contained cancer causing asbestos and contributed to her husband’s lung cancer diagnosis.
The lawsuit names, in part, Air & Liquid Systems Corporation, Goulds Pumps Inc., and Lamons Gasket Company, companies that manufactured products Mac Arthur Sanders worked with. Shirley Sanders claims that microscopic asbestos fibers emanated from some of the products manufactured by the companies. Those airborne fibers were inhaled or ingested by Mac Arthur Sanders and, in 2016, he was both diagnosed with and died from lung cancer.
Asbestos exposure can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs and other internal organs. It can take decades for asbestos cancer to develop. Once diagnosed, it can prove deadly within a matter of months.
Shirley Sanders’ lawsuit alleges the companies failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions for handling and working around dangerous asbestos. She requests a trial by jury and is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages.
Asbestos was widely used in many construction and shipbuilding products because of its strength and fire resistance. Its use was restricted in the United States in the 1980s because it is so dangerous. More than 60 countries around the world have banned the use, sale and importation of asbestos.
Source: Madison-St. Clair Record