Charles Marmontello was diagnosed with lung cancer back in December of 2016, and shortly after his diagnosis, his physicians advised him that his illness was likely caused by his years of exposure to asbestos, a carcinogenic mineral that was widely used in numerous applications in the years prior to the mid-1980s.
Upon further investigation, he and his wife Joan learned that dozens of companies that supplied materials that he worked with as a welder used asbestos in their products, despite being aware of its dangers. Now they have filed a personal injury lawsuit against those entities, accusing them of being legally responsible for his illness and seeking compensation for his medical expenses and other damages that the two of them have suffered.
The Marmontellos filed their asbestos lung cancer lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on February 11th of this year, and their claim names 63 different companies whose materials he worked with during his career as a welder.
In addition to providing details about the products he worked with, he also submitted a written exhibit provided by retired rear admiral Ben J. Lehman, who wrote extensively about the known dangers of asbestos exposure for those who worked in Navy shipyards as Mr. Marmontello had from 1957 to 1963. Included in his statement was his belief that the Navy had not arranged for any type of protection against asbestos exposure for workers.
Lung Cancer Caused by Years of Asbestos Exposure During Welding Career
Mr. Marmontello traces his lung cancer to asbestos that he was exposed to during a long career as a welder, as well as boiler work that he did during his years in the Navy. He began his career as a welder and boiler repair man while serving on the U.S.S. Wasp from 1957 to 1963, then went on to work as an assembler/HVAC/welder for Parish Pressed Steel until 1972. He later held a variety of titles whose responsibilities continued his asbestos exposure while working for Dana Corporation from 1972 to 2000.