December 3, 2010

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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April 16, 2010

Former Illinois Central Railroad Company Employee Files Railroad Worker Lawsuit Over Asbestos Exposure

Walter V. Duffy is suing Illinois Central Railroad Company for an asbestos-related disease he contracted. Duffy worked for the railroad company as an engineer and fireman from 1952 until 1995.

He says that during the course of working for the company, he was exposed to asbestos fibers and dust. In his railroad worker lawsuit, claims that Illinois Central Railroad Company did not give him a safe place to work, did not provide him with safe tools, neglected to safely operated the locomotive repair facility, and did not warn him about products that contained asbestos. He is also accusing the railroad company of negligence for failing to test him from time to time for any ill effects from exposure to the toxic substance, not limiting his access to areas where products with asbestos were present, not testing the products before the workers used them, and failing to give him a separate space for the clothing he wore outside of work.

Duffy says that because he was exposed to asbestos, he now has an asbestos-related disease and has experienced great pain and mental agony over what he perceives to be a permanent condition. He claims that his risk of developing mesothelioma or another type of asbestos-related cancer has gone up and that this frightens him.

Among the railroad worker damages he is seeking: lost wages, medical expenses, loss of the ability to provide his services, and a shorter life expectancy.

Railroad Workers and Asbestos Exposure
There are a number of railroad jobs that may increase a worker’s exposure to asbestos. Driving engines in areas where asbestos is present, checking locomotives’ mechanical condition, installing and repairing signals, coupling cars, loading and unloading cargo that contains asbestos, and putting together trains in yards are some railroad worker jobs that can increase the exposure risk. Asbestos can cause cancer. It can also result in serious disabilities and death.

Railroad worker sues over asbestos exposure, The Record, April 12, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Asbestos, EPA

Asbestos, OSHA (PDF)

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