On June 27th, Thomas D. Griffith filed a claim against Dow Chemical and related corporations in the St. Clair County Circuit Court alleging that they did not adequately warn about the dangers of asbestos present in their products. As a result, Griffith was unnecessarily exposed to asbestos and developed a specific type of lung cancer that is known to be associated with asbestos exposure.
In the brief filed by Griffith, he had served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1973. He returned to civilian life working as a welder, followed by sales in Bushnell, Illinois. It is during this time in Bushnell that Griffith claims he was exposed to products that contained asbestos fibers manufactured by Dow Chemical and other companies.
Griffith is seeking at least $50,000 in damages along with a jury trial. If his efforts are successful, it may lead to other lawsuits that attack companies who still include asbestos fibers in their products and do not place warnings on their products.
Asbestos Fibers in Products
It may seem strange that the banning of asbestos fibers in the construction of residential homes and commercial buildings can still be found in certain appliances and products. However, the truth is that there are still products that contain asbestos fibers inside. These products are usually used to protect the wiring and power source from overheating and damaging the rest of the appliance or product.
Yet because the asbestos is sealed inside the products, they are considered to be of little danger to those who use them under normal circumstances. It is typically under unusual circumstances that anyone is directly exposed to the asbestos inside.
Griffith’s suit may have genuine merit because many products that do contain small amounts of asbestos may not have warning labels attached. This is especially true of older products that were made well before the ban of asbestos in the 1970s. While the likelihood of appliances being used that contain asbestos is small, asbestos-containing products can still be found in homes across the US.
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For anyone who believes they have been exposed to asbestos fibers, lead poisoning, or related issues, the experts at Brickley Environmental are here to help. We offer the best in inspection and removal services for residences and commercial buildings when it comes to asbestos.