Philadelphia, PA – A PA man has filed a lawsuit against his former previous employers, alleging that he suffered heavy asbestos exposure while working for them and consequently contracted lung cancer later.
The suit was filed by Pennsylvania resident Milton M Schuster Sr. who claims that the defendants exposed him to high levels of hazardous asbestos fibers during his employment with them as a machinist. Schuster filed his complaint on 12th February in the Philadelphia Common Pleas County Court in Pennsylvania. The products with and around the plaintiff had to work during his career contained asbestos, a hazardous human carcinogen, according to the lawsuit.
The companies listed by Schuster Sr. as defendants are: Warren Pumps; Union Carbide; Owens-Illinois; John Crane; Houdaille; Ingersoll-Rand; Allied Signal (also known as Honeywell International); Goulds Pumps; General Electric Capital Corporation and its Switchgear Department; General Electric Co; CBS Corp; and Crane Company.
Schuster claims that he inhaled asbestos particles during his works around and with the products designed, distributed, manufactured, supplied, or used by the defendant companies. The alleged asbestos exposure took place between 1954 and 1985, according to the lawsuit. Schuster Sr. says he did not know about the risks involved in dealing with the defendants’ products.
The defendant companies, despite their knowledge of the presence of cancer-causing asbestos in many of their products, failed to provide warnings to the workers including Schuster, the lawsuit claims. The companies also failed to give the plaintiff safety equipment such as respirators when sending him to do dangerous jobs, the suit states. Because of the defendants’ negligence, Schuster suffered asbestos exposure on a regular basis and consequently contracted lung cancer, according to the complaint.
Schuster says he was diagnosed with lung cancer on December 12, 2013. The doctors told him that his cancer is linked to his prior exposure to asbestos fibers, the plaintiff claims. So, according to the plaintiff, his disease was direct result of his repeated exposure to the defendants’ products which contained the dangerous mineral.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. But, differently from most other minerals, it breaks up into tiny fibers which are not visible to the naked eye. These microscopic fibers, which are often released into the environment when asbestos or an asbestos-containing product is disturbed, damaged or broken, could be easily breathed in by those who are in the surroundings. Inhalation of these fibers could cause a person to contract diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma.