Veterans are all too aware that exposure to asbestos-contaminated products can cause malignant mesothelioma and other diseases: veterans make up roughly one third of all mesothelioma victims following the Armed Forces’ specific request that asbestos be incorporated into as many of the military’s materials as possible. That request was delivered in hopes that it would protect the service men and women from heat and flame. While it did that, it also exposed them to asbestos-related diseases, and many outside of the military would also face that risk as a result of occupational exposure. Once such person was Charley Edenfield, who died of mesothelioma in 2011. This week, a mesothelioma lawsuit against asbestos company Union Carbide was filed by Charley’s widow. Charley worked for an adhesive company to which Union Carbide delivered over 47,000 pounds of asbestos over a 15-year period.
When Charley Edenfield was diagnosed with mesothelioma, his wife Thomasina and he quickly realized how he had been exposed to asbestos. He had worked at his job at an adhesive plant for almost forty years, and during that time he was responsible for mixing asbestos with other materials to make the company’s products. Though before he died he was not able to specifically point to evidence that it was Union Carbide’s asbestos that sickened him, two of his former colleagues provided testimony supporting his statements about the presence of Union Carbide asbestos in the plant, and receipts and documents have indicated that the company indeed supplied tens of thousands of pounds of the deadly material.
For its part, Union Carbide is defending itself against the mesothelioma accusations by arguing that the type of asbestos that they provided does not cause mesothelioma, as well as that their containers were marked with appropriate warnings and that they had provided Edenfield’s employer with information about respiratory protections against exposure to asbestos. Though the case has just begun, it is important to note that Union Carbide has face similar lawsuits in the past, and has paid out tens of millions of dollars in compensation to individual plaintiffs over the years.
If you are a veteran who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you need information about lawsuits, benefits, or any of your other rights, contact us today at 1-800-726-7245.