Companies can be liable for asbestos exposure in the workplace

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Toxic Torts on September 26, 2013.

A lawsuit filed against several companies highlights the legal action individuals exposed to dangerous toxins can take against their employers. A Louisiana man recently filed a lawsuit against several companies he worked for during the past 30 years after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Some of the companies named in the lawsuit include more well-known companies like Coca-Cola, General Electric and Chiquita Brands International. The lawsuit claims that the businesses he worked for exposed him to dangerous levels of asbestos, and that their negligence led to him developing terminal lung cancer.

The man worked as an electrician from 1950 until 1979. During his career, he said he handled and used asbestos while working for these companies. The lawsuit specifically alleges that the plaintiff handled asbestos while working for the United Fruit Company. The lawsuit says he was also exposed to asbestos while working in the canning rooms at Coca-Cola.

The plaintiff's occupational exposure to asbestos continued throughout his career, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that these companies should not have been working with products that contained asbestos, and that workers should have been warned about the hazards of working near or directly with asbestos.

The lawsuit says that the defendants failed to inform the plaintiff about the potential medical risks of working with asbestos and that their negligence and failure to keep workers free from occupational exposure makes them liable for the man's medical condition. The lawsuit is seeking damages for the worker's medical costs, lost earnings, pain, suffering and loss of quality of life.

This case is an example of the legal action victims of asbestos exposure or Mesothelioma can take against the companies responsible for their health and safety.

Source: The Louisiana Record, "Chiquita, Coca-Cola and others named in asbestos suit," Holland Phillips, Sept. 22, 2013

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