Chicago, Illinois – A maintenance laborer has filed a lawsuit against dozens of corporations over allegations that exposure to their products resulted in lung cancer. Darwin Harwood filed his suit recently in the Circuit Court of Cook County, naming dozens of businesses as defendants, including: A W Chesterton; HB Fuller; and Union Carbide.
The lawsuit states that Harwood was continuously exposed to hazardous asbestos from 1945 and 1990 during his job. He had been working around the products of the defendants as a maintenance mechanic during this period, according to the lawsuit. As a result of this daily exposure to toxic asbestos, the plaintiff says he contracted lung cancer.
Darwin Harwood was diagnosed with lung cancer on 26th June, 2014, according to the suit. Harwood says his cancer is exclusively linked to his job-related asbestos exposure. While working around the defendant’s products, the plaintiff did not know that long-term exposure to products containing asbestos could result in devastating ailments such as cancer, the suit says. Harwood says he was not given any protective devices while handling or working near asbestos-containing products. Additionally, the defendants never warned him of the risks involved in working around their products, according to the lawsuit.
Harwood claims that the defendant businesses knew or should’ve known their products had asbestos in them and, therefore, the exposure to them would result in severe physical harm. But, the companies fraudulently concealed the risks from workers such as Harwood and also from the general public, the suit claims. The companies failed to provide sufficient warnings of the hazards of regular asbestos exposure, the suit states.
In his complaint, Harwood is seeking unspecified damages for pain and suffering; mental agony; distress; physical disability; disfigurement; medical costs; attorney fees; court costs; loss of earning capacity; and lost wages.
Exposure to asbestos and products containing asbestos will substantially increase the likelihood of a person to contract lung cancer and other devastating medical conditions like malignant mesothelioma, changes in pleura (such as plaques, thickening, and effusion), and asbestosis. Though all asbestos-related conditions are devastating, the deadliest among them is mesothelioma which always kills its victims.
Smokers with a history of asbestos exposure have a substantially higher risk of developing lung cancer than the nonsmokers who have suffered exposure to asbestos. Though smoking alone could result in lung cancer, the risk substantially increases if the smokers have a history of asbestos exposure as well.