Asbestos, Mesothelioma & Welco Mfg: A case in the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Second Division ruled on an appeal from a summary judgment.
The Asbestos, Mesothelioma & Welco Mfg case is about a worker that was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust while working with joint compounds and later developed asbestos-related lung cancer – mesothelioma.
A brief summary of the Asbestos, Mesothelioma & Welco Mfg case includes:
- Ronnie lived and worked almost all of his life in Alabama. In his work finishing drywall, he regularly used several brands of joint compounds – USG, Gold Bond, Bestwall and Wel-Cote – that contained asbestos. Ronnie moved with his family to Illinois in 1965. He worked there with his cousin, Walter Startley, for three or four months before returning to Alabama.
- In 2013, doctors discovered that Ronnie had contracted mesothelioma. Ronnie filed a complaint against a number of corporations that manufactured the brands of joint compound that Ronnie used during his lengthy career. Ronnie died in 2014, and his wife Jo Ann Startley, as executor for Ronnie’s estate, became the plaintiff in the lawsuit. The estate either dismissed outright or settled with most of the defendants. When the case came to trial in 2015, only one defendant, Welco, remained.
- They came to work sites after other workers hung the drywall. Walter and Ronnie took 25-pound sacks of dry joint compound, poured some in a five-gallon bucket, mixed it with water, and then spread three or four coatings of the compound on the drywall. They sanded after each coating, with the most extensive sanding after the final coating. Walter could see dust from the joint compound both when they poured the compound in the bucket and when they sanded the coatings on the drywall. Expert testimony supported the estate’s assertion that the dust from the joint compounds included asbestos, and that asbestos from the joint compounds contributed to causing Ronnie to contract mesothelioma.
- For more on the case, please see this link – Asbestos, Mesothelioma & Welco Mfg
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