A man who developed mesothelioma filed a lawsuit last Thursday against several companies, which include CBS Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and more. The plaintiff claims he was exposed to asbestos for prolonged periods from a myriad of automotive and machinery products.
According to lawsuit, which was filed in California, Larry H. Speer stated that he was not aware of the dangers of asbestos while he was around a host of products that were riddled with the dangerous mineral, including brake pads, turbines, gaskets, pipes, and more. Consequently, he developed malignant mesothelioma in December of last year. Speer blames the manufacturers of the products who failed to warn him of the hazards and risks that come along with inhaling asbestos fibers.
In addition to CBS and Ford, the lawsuit also named several other companies, including:
- General Electric Co.
- Union Carbide
- Honeywell International
- Ingersoll-Rand. Co.
Although most asbestos lawsuits revolve around employees who were exposed while at work, Speer filed his suit as a concerned consumer who was never given any warning about asbestos:
“In their release of respirable asbestos fibers into the air during foreseeable use or manipulation of these products, the products failed to perform as safely as an ordinary consumer would have expected them to perform,” the lawsuit states.
Other consumers have previously filed suit as well. In South Carolina, a jury found three companies, including Durco International, liable for a plaintiff’s rare form of testicular cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Lloyd Garvin, the plaintiff in the case, was awarded a total of $38 million after the jury found several companies responsible, including:
- Durco International
- Crane Co.
- Byron Jackson Pump Co.
The amount of damages Speer seeks has not been made public, but his wife, Donna Speer, also filed a lawsuit for loss of consortium.
More and more consumers are coming forward with lawsuits after developing life-threatening diseases that result from asbestos exposure. Both mesothelioma and asbestosis occur after prolonged exposure to asbestos, yet in some instances, the diseases can surface in those who have only had a small amount of contact with asbestos. In fact, many scientists, physicians, and experts suggest that there is no amount of asbestos that is safe.
Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to asbestos exposure and an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for damages against the liable party, including compensation for pain, suffering, medical expenses, rehabilitation, and much more. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can assist you and help you understand your legal rights. Contact our award-winning mesothelioma attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation.