A woman is suing some asbestos manufacturers and an insurance company over her father’s alleged asbestos exposure during the course of his employment. Debbie Bowen, an Illinois resident, is suing the businesses individually and as the special administratrix of deceased Roger Dolen’s estate. She has filed a suit on January 13 in the St. Clair County Court. The defendants in the case include Pneumo Abex Corporation, Dow Chemical Company and Metropolitan Life Insurance.
The lawsuit states that Roger Dolen inhaled, absorbed, or ingested large amounts of hazardous asbestos fibers and dust emanating from the products with and around which he worked during his employment. According to the suit, the asbestos products in question were manufactured, distributed, sold, or supplied by the defendants. The counts against the defendants include negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation, willful / wanton misconduct, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress etc.
On 6th November, 2014, according to the complaint, the plaintiff’s father died from asbestos-related lung cancer. The plaintiff claims that the defendants are responsible for her father’s lung cancer development and subsequent death because it was caused by his exposure to their asbestos-containing products. Defendant Pneumo Abex and MetLife are accused of conspiracy. These defendants allegedly covered up evidence regarding the cancer-causing property of asbestos fibers. In her lawsuit, Debbie Bowen is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, plus exemplary damages and punitive damages.
Asbestos, a mineral occurring in the environment as bundles of tiny fibers, is linked to a number of devastating diseases, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. The most common cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. is lung cancer. In many cases, this cancer is a result of exposure to asbestos fibers. Smokers with a history of asbestos exposure are more likely to develop asbestos-related lung cancer.
The deadliest asbestos-related disease is malignant mesothelioma, a cancer affecting the mesothelium, the membrane which forms the lining of several body cavities. There is no cure for mesothelioma. In most cases, mesothelioma victims die within 10-12 months of the diagnosis.
Legal Rights for Asbestos Victims
The victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related medical conditions can seek financial compensation by suing the companies which produced or sold asbestos products despite their knowledge of the hazards. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can help the victims and their families in this regard.
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