When June Hollinger was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2016, and learned that it was likely caused by exposure to asbestos, she knew who to blame – the companies that manufactured, sold, distributed or installed products that contained asbestos at the companies where she was employed during her career in South Carolina.
Hollinger filed the lawsuit Nov. 8 in the St. Louis (Missouri) 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against FMC Corp., and General Electric Co, alleging the companies knew their asbestos-containing products were dangerous but failed to warn workers or provide them with instructions on how to handle the highly carcinogenic products. She also claims that she experienced secondary asbestos exposure as a child from her parents’ clothes.
Asbestos is a durable and fire-resistant mineral that was widely used in construction, shipbuilding and friction materials. In the 1980s, its use was restricted, as it had been known for decades that exposure to asbestos can cause serious illnesses. Asbestos is made up of microscopic fibers that can go airborne. They can become lethal if inhaled or ingested.
Asbestos has been linked to the incurable lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer that forms in the lining that surrounds the lungs, abdomen or chest. It can take decades for asbestos-related diseases to produce symptoms. But one diagnosed, the disease usually kills within 12 to 24 months.
Many people like Hollinger seek legal representation in order to hold accountable the companies that recklessly exposed people to asbestos.
Source: St. Louis Record