Even though asbestos has been known to be dangerous for a long time, it took decades before it was finally banned for use in building materials. Unfortunately, many people who worked on construction sites in North Carolina before asbestos was banned may still experience illness or injury, as it sometimes takes decades for the effects of exposure to appear. In a lawsuit recently filed out of state, a former construction worker and his wife are suing 55 companies, blaming them for the asbestos exposure that resulted in his lung cancer diagnosis in 2011.
The man worked as a carpenter from 1947 to 1975. During that time, he claims he was exposed to asbestos and asbestos-laden materials. He believes that working in an asbestos-contaminated environment led to his illness. A doctor diagnosed him with lung cancer in Nov. 2011.
The 55 defendants, which include American Electric Power Company and Brand Insulations, face multiple accusations that include strict liability, conspiracy, intentional tort, breach of implied warranty and negligence. The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount in damages. According to reports, they have requested a jury trial.
The former carpenter in this case is experiencing what many others have experienced or may experience in the future if they worked in environments where asbestos was present. Any individual in North Carolina who has been diagnosed with lung cancer or another illness related to asbestos exposure may wish to find out more about our state’s personal injury laws. It may be possible to pursue damages in a civil suit that can help cover medical expenses and compensate the plaintiff for pain and suffering.
Source: The West Virginia Record, Scott Depot couple names 55 defendants in asbestos suit, Kyla Asbury, Dec. 23, 2013