Chicago, Illinois – A former laborer has filed a suit against a number of corporations over claims that he developed a lung condition due to his exposure to the defendant’s asbestos-containing products. Stephen Gould is suing tens of companies including H B Fuller, Union Carbide and A W Chesterton over the devastating lung injury he is now suffering from. Gould filed his complaint on 12th March in the circuit court of Cook County in Chicago, IL.
The complaint states that Gould had been exposed to hazardous asbestos fibers during his employment from 1972 until 1999. According to the suit, he worked in different capacities, such as a lineman and an installer, and all his jobs involved handling of asbestos products. As a result of his work-related asbestos exposure, Gould says he contracted asbestosis, a chronic scarring of the lung tissues.
Gould was diagnosed with asbestosis on 11th July, 2014, the lawsuit says.
According to Gould, the defendants were aware that exposure to asbestos products on a daily basis could result in severe physical harm. However, the companies failed to do anything for preventing asbestos exposure, the suit states. Gould says he or his fellow workers were never warned about the dangerous nature of the products with which they were dealing regularly. Additionally, Gould was not given any safety apparel when he was sent to work with and around the defendants’ dangerous asbestos-containing products, the suit claims.
In his suit, Gould is asking for unspecified damages for: physical pain and suffering; physical disability; lost wages; mental anguish; loss of earning capacity; emotional distress; fear of cancer; medical costs; and litigation costs.
Asbestos is a group of fibrous, naturally occurring minerals. These silicate minerals generally exist in metamorphic or ultrabasic igneous rocks. The mineral is resistant to chemicals, heat, fire and electricity. The fibres of asbestos don’t evaporate into environment and dissolve in water. They don’t have any smell or odor or they don’t migrate through soil. These microscopic fibers can be extremely dangerous when a person breathe them in.
Inhalation of asbestos fibers is linked to a number of severe medical conditions, of which some are incurable and fatal. Asbestosis is a chronic lung tissue scarring caused by inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers. Asbestos exposure may also cause diseases such as mesothelioma, pleural thickening and lung cancer. In most cases, asbestos-related diseases are a result of the victim’s occupational exposure to asbestos fibers.