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Auto mechanic's widow files asbestos lawsuit

The widow of a deceased auto mechanic and naval employee has filed a lawsuit against the companies she says caused her husband to be exposed to asbestos and asbestos-related products throughout his career. As such, she says, those companies are responsible for her husband's death.

In the asbestos lawsuit, which was filed in St. Clair County, several companies are named as defendants, accused of negligently exposing its workers, including the widow's husband, to asbestos. The companies should have been aware of the potential harm that asbestos exposure could cause, and should have taken additional precautions to protect its employees from those dangers.

However, the companies did not take those precautions, which caused the widow's husband to be exposed to asbestos throughout his career and to ultimately develop lung cancer. The husband passed away in March 2011. Prior to his death, the lawsuit claims, he suffered significant pain and mental anguish, incurred medical expenses and lost large wage amounts.

The widow's husband worked as an auto mechanic for four years, followed by four years as a boiler tender in the U.S. Navy. It is not known whether the Navy is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Unfortunately, cases like this are not unique. Thousands of workers in a variety of industries and professions were exposed to asbestos at work during the last century, and because of the long latency period of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, are now being diagnosed with and dying from those debilitating ailments. As such, it is not likely that this will be the last lawsuit of its kind to be filed in the coming months and years.

Source: Madison Record, "Michigan woman files asbestos suit in St. Clair County," Kelly Holleran, Nov. 19, 2012

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