Monthly Archives: November 2018

Texas Aircraft Mechanic Files Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit Against Employer and Parts Suppliers

An aircraft mechanic from Texas and his wife recently filed a mesothelioma cancer lawsuit against the husband’s former employer and its parts supplier claiming the defendants are responsible for the victim’s malignant cancer diagnosis. The asbestos cancer lawsuit names Lockheed Martin Corp., 3M Co., and General Dynamics Corp. as parties responsible for the plaintiff’s mesothelioma diagnosis and seeks damages for the victim’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

According to the mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, the victim worked for approximately 40 years as an aircraft mechanic for Lockheed Martin Corp. after graduating high school in 1963. During that time, he was frequently exposed to deadly levels of asbestos fibers in products used, manufactured, and sold by the defendants.

The plaintiff claims he was never warned by any of the companies about the dangers of using asbestos-containing products and subsequently developed mesothelioma as a result of his prolonged exposure to the carcinogen. The asbestos cancer lawsuit claims the defendants owed the plaintiff a duty to warn him about the dangers of asbestos, which were known to the companies, but instead chose not to take reasonable safety precautions to prevent foreseeable injury.

Asbestos was once commonly used in a variety of industrial, military, and construction applications because of the mineral’s heat resistant properties and ability to be shaped into almost any form to fit the required task. Companies manufactured and marketed their asbestos-containing products for decades despite knowing full well that the asbestos fibers in their materials could pose serious health risks to innocent people trying to do their jobs and provide for their families.

One of the most serious health complications associated with asbestos exposure is developing mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding the lungs, abdomen, and heart. After being exposed to enough asbestos to induce the disease, it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years before symptoms manifest themselves to the point that doctors are able to make a diagnosis.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for mesothelioma and patients are often left with diminished treatment options once a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis is made by their doctor. By filing an asbestos cancer lawsuit, victims and their families can not only hold asbestos companies responsible for their indifference to public safety, but also recover much needed monetary compensation for lost wages, hospital expenses, future medical bills, and the pain and suffering of living with the disease.

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 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

Virginia Supreme Court Allows Take-Home Asbestos Cancer Lawsuit to Proceed

The Virginia Supreme Court recently issued an important ruling in an asbestos cancer lawsuit allowing the plaintiffs to continue with their claim on behalf of their decreased mother who passed away due to exposure to toxic asbestos dust. The 4-3 decision affirms long standing tort law in the state, establishing a duty to defendants to exercise reasonable care to prevent foreseeable injuries to persons within the scope of harm.

According to the mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, originally filed in a Virginia circuit court but later moved to a federal District Court, the victim developed her deadly cancer after years of exposure from asbestos fibers brought home on her father’s clothes. The complaint alleged that the victim, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2013 and died three years later, regularly helped launder her father’s clothes, who worked as a at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, a business now known as Huntington Ingalls Inc., routinely brought home asbestos dust on his clothing.

Asbestos is a naturally forming mineral once commonly used in a variety of industrial, commercial, and military capabilities, particularly in the shipping industry, because of its heat resistant properties. The substance is directly linked to developing mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer commonly affecting the thin linings of tissue surrounding the vital organs like the heart, lungs, and abdomen.

It was only until the 1970s that Congress took action to protect the public, passing laws that effectively banned the use of asbestos. Despite knowing full well about the risks associated with asbestos exposure, companies produced their asbestos-laden products without any warning to consumers about the risks of developing serious health conditions.

After removing the case from Virginia circuit court to federal District court, the federal justices asked for guidance from the Virginia Supreme Court on aspects of Virginia civil laws, specifically on the question of whether the defendants owed any duty to the plaintiff. The defense argued that the victim had no relationship to the shipyard as a child of an employee there and could therefore not claim any duty to exercise caution against foreseeable harm.

Fortunately for the plaintiffs carrying on the suit on the victim’s behalf, the majority of the Virginia Supreme Court that state law held the harm to the deceased was in fact foreseeable and the defendants owed a duty of care. While the ruling did not find judgement for one party or another, it is significant that allows the case to proceed in federal District Court to trial where a judge and jury will decide the merits of the case.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.