Illinois residents File Lawsuits over Mesothelioma and Asbestosis

Chicago, IL – A former Illinois laborer is suing a number of companies over allegations that he developed malignant mesothelioma as he himself and his dad were extensively exposed to hazardous asbestos-containing products for several decades.

Joseph Vela has filed a suit on 22nd January in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago. More than 20 companies have been named as defendants in this case and some of them are: H B Fuller; A W Chesterton; and Union Carbide.

According to the suit, Vela had been exposed to cancer-causing asbestos via the products of the defendants. The asbestos exposure mainly occurred from 1960 until 2001 while the plaintiff had been working as a repairman, installer and elevator, the suit states. Additionally, Vela says he was exposed to the hazardous mineral through the work clothing of his dad Fausto Vela as well, whose job also included working around asbestos. The plaintiff’s father worked as a bricklayer between 1953 and 1960 and he had to deal with several asbestos products, the lawsuit states.

According to Vela, he developed malignant mesothelioma as a result of his primary and secondhand exposure to asbestos fibers. Vela claims that the defendant corporations knew that their products were dangerous as they contained asbestos, a known carcinogen. Even though the companies were aware that exposure to those products could result in severe harm, they negligently failed to properly warn employees of the hazards and consequences of asbestos exposure, the lawsuit states.

Vela is seeking undisclosed damages.

In another asbestos case, a Cook County (IL) resident is suing quite a few businesses including General Electric Company; FMC Corporation; and Uniroyal Incorporated.

Joseph Catalano says he developed a devastating lung disease because of his exposure to asbestos products during his employment as a mechanic and machinist. Catalano has filed a suit on 11th August in the circuit court of Cook County, claiming that the defendants are responsible for his condition.

The complaint states that Catalano had been exposed to hazardous asbestos that was present in the products designed, distributed, manufactured, sold or marketed by the defendant corporations throughout his career. The alleged exposure took place from 1964 and 1998. Catalano says some non-occupational projects also caused him to suffer asbestos exposure.

The lawsuit states that Catalano developed asbestosis because of his routine exposure to asbestos fibers through the defendants’ products. He was diagnosed with the disease on 13th June, 2013, according to the complaint. The defendant corporations are accused of negligence. The companies allegedly: failed to properly warn of the hazards of asbestos inhalation; and conspired to hide the hazards from the general public.

Catalano is seeking unspecified damages.

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