Posted On: August 18, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

lllinois Popcorn Lung Lawsuit: Jury Awards Disabled Worker $30 Million Against BASF Corp.

A jury has awarded $30.4 million to an Illinois worker that says he became disabled after he was exposed to the buttering flavor ingredient diacetyl while on the job. Gerardo Solis developed bronchiolitis obliterans, a disease also known as popcorn lung, after working at a Flavorchem Corp. plant between 1998 and 2006.

The defendant of this Chicago injury lawsuit is BASF Corp., the largest chemical company in the world and a supplier of diacetyl. It is expected that in the next 10 years, Solis, who now has 25% normal lung capacity, will have to undergo a lung transplant.

Popcorn Lung
The only cure for Popcorn lung is a transplant. The disease can inflame the small airways in the lungs, leading to scarring while eliminating air flow. It can also cause fatalities.

Popcorn plant workers are among those at risk of suffering from this condition. The National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health discovered the connection between popcorn factory workers and bronchiolitis obliterans in 2003 and 2004. Hundreds of workers have been affected, and a number have filed civil suits.

One worker was awarded $20 million. Other ex-Jasper Popcorn Co. plant workers were also awarded injury compensation, including two $15 million popcorn lung awards and a $2.7 million award. Butter flavoring suppliers International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and Bush Boake Allen Inc. were the defendants.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Third Party Lawsuits
Remember that as an injured employee, not only are you likely entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation from your employer but there also may be liable third parties that you should receive Illinois personal injury compensation or wrongful death recovery from.

llinois worker wins $30 million verdict in diacetyl popcorn chemical lawsuit, The Joplin Globe, August 16, 2010

Jury Awards Popcorn Lung Victim $30 Million
, NewsInferno, August 17, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Popcorn May Cause Lung Disease, ABC News, September 6, 2007

Preventing Lung Disease in Workers Who Use or Make Flavorings, NIOSH

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