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BNSF Railway named in St. Clair County asbestos lawsuit

A widow has filed a personal injury lawsuit against BNSF Railway Company on behalf of her deceased husband. In the suit, the widow alleges that the company negligently contributed to the death of her husband by continually exposing him to asbestos fibers and other harmful substances during his three-decade employment. The company has not yet responded to the lawsuit, which was filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, but it is likely that it will attempt to reach a settlement with the widow.

According to the lawsuit, the widow's husband worked for BNSF Railway as a dock foreman and clerk from 1954 until 1986. During that time, he was continually exposed to asbestos fibers, as well as diesel exhaust, tobacco smoke, silica and other harmful substances, all of which contributed to his ailments.

As a result, he developed asbestosis, lung cancer and various other unspecified lung diseases, which ultimately resulted in his untimely death.

During the last years of his life, the lawsuit claims, the widow's husband suffered great pain, disability, disfigurement, mental enjoyment and loss of enjoyment of life. He also incurred significant medical costs.

In the asbestos lawsuit, the widow alleges that BNSF Railway negligently exposed her husband to asbestos, failed to provide him with safe work and also failed to provide him with equipment that would protect him from asbestos exposure. In addition, she claims that the company failed to warn her husband of the risks, and actually worked to conceal the many health hazards of asbestos exposure.

Source: The Madison Record, "BNSF Railway sued over worker's asbestos exposure," Kelly Holleran, Mar. 27, 2012

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