The widow and family of Ed Lauter filed a mesothelioma lawsuit this month against several major television networks, alleging that the networks are responsible for the actor’s untimely death due to asbestos exposure.
According to court documents, Lauter’s widow, Mia Lauter, along with several family members, filed the lawsuit against CBS and NBC, as well as General Electric (owned by NBC), and Ford, claiming that the companies failed to warn and protect Lauter against asbestos that was used in the studios where he worked for several decades. Ford Motor Co. was named in the lawsuit because Mia Lauter claims her late husband was negligently exposed to asbestos to brakes found in car brakes, compressors, and clutch facings.
Ed Lauter was well-known in Hollywood for his long list of roles in television shows, including B.J. and the Bear, The A-Team, The Equalizer, ER, and Psych. He also had an extensive list of movie credits, including The Longest Yard and Talledega Nights.
In May of 2013, 74-year-old Lauter was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. Just five short months later, he passed away in October. Unfortunately, Lautner isn’t the only celebrity who died after asbestos exposure. Other notable figures include:
Steve Mcqueen: Actor Steve Mcqueen died in 1980 after battling mesothelioma. He was exposed to asbestos during his time in the military.
Terry McCann: Olympic gold medalist Terry McCann battled mesothelioma until 2006, when he passed away from his injuries. He was exposed to asbestos while working at an oil refinery before he became a medalist.
Paul Gleason: Actor Paul Gleason died in 2006 after living with mesothelioma for over 40 years. He was exposed to asbestos while working at construction job sites as a teenager.
Sean Sasser: In 2013, MTV reality star Sean Sasser was only 44-years-old when he passed away, losing his battle with mesothelioma. Although it hasn’t been determined where Sean may have been exposed to asbestos, he was working as a chef prior to his death.
Warren Zevon: Grammy nominee and influential musician Warren Zevon passed away in 2003 after only one year of being diagnosed with mesothelioma. According to his son, Jordan Zevon, his father was more than likely exposed to asbestos second-hand via his father.
Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been injured from asbestos due the negligent actions of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. Right now, over $30 billion is in asbestos trust funds, awaiting future mesothelioma lawsuit plaintiffs. For more information and to determine what you may qualify for, contact our leading mesothelioma law firm today for a no-obligation legal consultation.