Asbestos Lawsuit Filed Over Former Marine’s Death

Asbestos has commonly been used in insulation materialsThe estate of Gale V. Geer has filed an asbestos lawsuit against a list of companies it claims are responsible for the allegedly fatal asbestos exposure Geer experienced throughout his life.

Geer was exposed to asbestos as a machinist in the United States Marine Corps and while doing home construction projects, Ultimate East End reports. He allegedly died of asbestos-related mesothelioma.

Companies named as defendants in the lawsuit include Afton Pumps, Continental Automotive Systems, Baldor Electric, Detroit Stoker and others.

The defendants have been accused of negligence, wrongful death, fraud and conspiracy, according to the news source. The plaintiff, Ada M. Geer, is seeking punitive damages, medical costs and damages for past and future mental pain and anguish. She has also requested a jury trial.

The asbestos lawsuit claims that Geer developed mesothelioma as a result of his asbestos exposure and that it was directly associated with the defendants.

Asbestos has been used commercially in the U.S. as an insulator as well as in roofing, fireproofing and sound absorption materials, according to the National Cancer Institute. In the 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency began to ban its use in certain contexts due to its health hazards. Asbestos exposure can cause malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.