Posted On: December 3, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Woman Files Illinois Asbestos Lawsuit Over Father’s Wrongful Death

Othella Carper is suing Honeywell International over the exposure to asbestos her father experienced while working as a carpenter, welder, and pipefitter. Othella Carper is seeking a judgment of more than $150,000, compensatory damages of over $100,000, economic damages of more than $50,000, plus other relief, including punitive damages.

In her asbestos lawsuit over his Illinois wrongful death, Carper claims that her dad Paul Towell first became exposed to asbestos in the 1940’s. She is accusing Honeywell International and John Crane of causing her dad to develop mesothelioma because they allowed him to be exposed to products that contained asbestos. Carper contends that the defendants should been aware that the effects of asbestos were harmful. She says that they failed to exercise reasonable care to make sure that her dad stayed safe.

Carper says that because of the asbestos-related diseases that her dad suffered, Towell suffered great physical pain, incurred medical expenses, and suffered mental anguish. He also became unable to do his job, which caused him to lose large sums of money that he would otherwise have earned. Carper says that her dad’s wrongful death caused her to loss his companionship, services, and society.

Asbestos Exposure on the Job
Unfortunately, there are many workers that have fallen ill because they were exposed to asbestos fibers while in their work environments. Employees who are exposed to asbestos, and in some cases their families (because of fibers that may end up on the worker’s clothing or body), are at higher risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses that can prove debilitating and fatal. Serious heath issues from asbestos exposure have included:

• Lung cancer
• Asbestosis, which can cause massive scarring to the lungs and major breathing issues
• Mesothelioma
• Cancer of the throat
• Kidney cancer
• Cancer of the larynx
• Cancer of the esophagus

There are steps employers can take to protect workers from asbestos exposure.

Pipefitter files asbestos complaint in St. Clair County, The Record, November 30, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Asbestos, Environmental Protection Agency

Asbestos, United States Department of Labor

Asbestos, Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyer Blog

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