Chicago, IL – Two Lake County (IL) residents are suing dozens of corporations over allegations that their dangerous asbestos products caused their father to contract lung cancer which ultimately resulted in his death. Debra J. Mick and Randy J. Williams, as the co-personal reps of deceased Joe C Williams’ estate, are suing A W Chesterton, Georgia Pacific and Union Carbide Corp, in addition to a number of other firms, claiming that the defendants are responsible for Joe’s death. The suit was filed in the Cook County Circuit Court on 7th January.
Williams’ children allege that their father had been exposed to hazardous asbestos products from 1952 until 1996, the suit states. Williams worked as a carpenter and maintenance worker, the suit says. His jobs included repair, maintenance and installation of railway locomotive boiler parts, the plaintiffs say. During the course of his employment, according to the suit, Williams was exposed to elevated levels of asbestos fibers.
Long-term exposure to various asbestos products of the defendants caused Mr. Williams to contract lung cancer, the suit says. According to the complaint, Williams was diagnosed with lung cancer in June. He died from the cancer in September, just 3 months after the diagnosis.
Mick and Williams claim that the defendant companies were aware of or should’ve known of the dangerous nature of their products, but negligently failed to provide the workers with proper warnings and instructions. The companies also failed to provide the plaintiffs’ father with safety devices in order to protect him from breathing in hazardous asbestos fibers, the lawsuit claims.
The plaintiffs are asking for unspecified damages, plus medical costs and court costs.
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous mineral which is typically found in some rock formations. Though it was mined in the United States itself, most of the material used in the nation at present comes from other countries, especially from Canada. Mainly there are 3 types of asbestos: crocidolite, amosite and chrysotile.
Asbestos fibers are short and thin. They are released into the environment when asbestos or the products containing the mineral are disturbed, damaged or broken. If breathed in, these fibers can cause fatal medical conditions such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure for individuals working with and around the mineral. Asbestos is an extremely dangerous air pollutant and is regulated by the federal as well as state governments