Toxic Substance Lawsuit in Illinois Alleges Negligent Asbestos Exposure

Toxic substances lawsuit in Illinois alleges asbestos exposureA toxic substances lawsuit has been filed in St. Clair County, Illinois by a woman on behalf of her father, who allegedly died as a result of asbestos exposure.

The St. Clair Record reports that Paul Towell had worked as a pipefitter, carpenter and welder since the 1940s. As a result of working around asbestos while holding these positions, Towell allegedly developed mesothelioma and died in 1999.

The companies Honeywell International and John Crane are accused of negligently exposing Towell to asbestos. Plaintiff Othella Carper, Towell's daughter, claims that her father's asbestos exposure caused him to incur medical costs, lose wages and experience mental and physical pain and suffering. Furthermore, Carper's suit claims, her father's death caused Carper to lose his society, companionship and services. She seeks more than $150,000 in damages, according to the news source.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mesothelioma is a deadly cancer typically affecting the lining of the lungs. Asbestos exposure is reportedly the primary risk factor for developing mesothelioma.