Wife pursues asbestos litigation against husband’s ex-employer

Losing a spouse can be a devastating experience. When the death was caused by the negligence of others, the experience can be even worse. That’s exactly what one woman claims happened to her husband, who developed and ultimately succumbed to lung cancer. She has since brought a lawsuit against his former employer, seeking compensation on her husband’s behalf through asbestos litigation.

The South Carolina woman filed suit both by herself and as the administrator of her late husband’s estate. In it she claims that her husband worked as a welder and laborer for 3M Company during the 1980s. In July 2016, he received a lung cancer diagnosis and died the following month. He was 55 at the time of his death.

The suit alleges that the company and multiple asbestos suppliers are responsible for his illness. His former employer in particular was singled out for intentional injury, while other defendants were listed as responsible parties because they owned the premises at which he worked. This is apparently because the building he worked at during the 1980s was contaminated by asbestos.

Exposure to asbestos can be difficult to document, but keeping careful records as early on in the process as possible is a good idea for anyone who may have been a victim of wrongful exposure. However, even without documentation, victims and their families can still pursue claims. Any resulting compensation from asbestos litigation may be essential for providing end-of-life care or covering funeral expenses, both of which can be incredibly costly for South Carolina families.

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