Victim’s family continues mesothelioma suit against Ford

South Carolina residents should be able to go to work without fear for their health, well-being and general safety. Additionally, older workers should have the luxury of looking back over their working careers without realizing that they were wrongfully exposed to deadly substances. This is unfortunately not the reality that many people face, and mesothelioma patients in particular might feel especially frustrated by their work situations. Seeking compensation is usually a good way to address those frustrations, but doing so might not always be easy.

A year before his death from peritoneal mesothelioma, a former generator service technician and mechanic sued the Ford Motor Co. He claimed that his mesothelioma was caused by ongoing asbestos exposure while working for Ford. Although he passed away from his illness before the suit was completed, his surviving family members were named as plaintiffs.

Ford later filed a motion for the wrongful death suit to be dismissed entirely, but a court only partly granted that motion. According to Ford and the court, aspects of the case overlapped with areas covered by that state’s workers’ compensation act, so any claims in regard to employer liability were barred. However, the plaintiffs can move forward with the suit on other grounds and may even decide to bring forth additional allegations not related to employment.

Suffering from an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma can be truly traumatizing. Victims in South Carolina often suffer intense physical, emotional and financial damages that cannot be adequately addressed without help. Securing compensation through carefully pursued lawsuits can be difficult at times, but is usually an effective approach for handling these types of damages.

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