Environmental

Couple sues companies for failing to warn about asbestos risks

Asbestos hazard sign 280x210 Couple sues companies for failing to warn about asbestos risksA Belleville, Illinois couple are suing dozens of companies that used products that contained asbestos alleging that exposure to the carcinogenic material caused one of them to develop terminal cancer. The companies were negligent for failing to warn about the health risks associated with asbestos, the suit claims.

Georgann Keener and her husband Richard filed the lawsuit in St. Clair (Illinois) County Circuit Court in December against several companies that Mrs. Keener had worked for beginning in 1972. Her lawsuit claims that she was exposed to and inhaled microscopic asbestos fibers that emanated from some of the products that were manufactured, sold, distributed, or installed by the companies. It wasn’t until March 1, 2018, that Mrs. Kenner was diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer.

Mrs. Keener’s disease has left her in pain and anguish, and as a result, the couple will incur unexpected medical expenses, according to the lawsuit. The defendants are liable, the lawsuit states, because they failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions regarding the risks related to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and friction materials. Workers who manufactured or worked with these materials are at risk for asbestos-related diseases including lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or chest. It typically takes a decade or more for asbestos-related diseases to manifest. Once diagnosed, mesothelioma can prove fatal in a matter of years.

Source: Madison Record