For 61 years, Rolland Bowan worked in a variety of jobs from a laborer and a mechanic, to a pest exterminator and factory worker. Bowan claims that he contracted mesothelioma as a result of inhaling, ingesting, or otherwise absorbing asbestos fibers emanating from certain products he was working with and around.
Bowan filed an asbestos suit in Madison County Circuit Court on January 25th claiming the disease was wrongfully caused. He names 91 corporations as part of the suit including the likes of Discount Auto Parts, Dow Chemical, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Goodyear, Honeywell International, Ingersoll-Rand, John Crane, Owens-Illinois, Sears and U.S. Steel.
The suit states that "The plaintiff's exposure and inhalation, ingestion or absorption of the asbestos fibers was completely foreseeable and could or should have been anticipated by the defendants."
Bowan was diagnosed with the aggressive cancer in October, 2005. He maintains that the defendants knew or should have known that their asbestos-containing products would have a negative effect on people’s health. Bowen also alleges that the defendants used asbestos in their products when they could have eliminated using them in exchange for asbestos-free products.
Bowan seeks damages to cover the cost of his treatment. The suit seeks $250,000 in damages for negligence, willful and wanton acts, conspiracy, and negligent spoliation of evidence among other allegations.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the linings of the body’s internal organs. Survival rates from time of diagnosis to death are from 4 to 18 months. Asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma although some unrelated cases also exist. Victims of mesothelioma can take legal action for compensation.