Navy Veteran’s Widow Files Mesothelioma Claim

A lawsuit filed by the widow of a United States Navy Veteran was removed recently by Lockheed Martin Corporation, one of the defendants in the case, from the Pennsylvania county court to federal court. The lawsuit accuses the aerospace major of killing the plaintiff’s husband by negligently exposing to hazardous asbestos-containing products.

The notice of removal filed by Lockheed Martin indicates the defenses the company would use for countering the lawsuit. The suit was filed by the widow of Peter George who was allegedly exposed to asbestos fibers during his service time in the Navy reserve and Navy as a jet mechanic. The exposure allegedly took place from 1955 until 1961.

Lockheed Martin says George’s alleged asbestos exposure was from the aircraft manufactured by the company under the U.S. military’s direction. Citing a former case, Lockheed argues that a government contractor acting at the authorization and direction of an officer of the government is immune from lawsuit. The aircraft in question were made pursuant to validly conferred authority and the conduct of Lockheed Martin was within the bounds of this authority, the removal motion says.

It was on 7th January that George’s widow Leona George, as the executrix of his estate, filed the lawsuit in the Pennsylvania County Court. Some other companies named in the lawsuit as defendants are: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; General Electric Company; Advance Auto Parts; and CBS Corporation.

According to the suit, George served the U.S. Navy and Navy reserve from 1955 until 1961. Additionally, he worked with the carpenters union from 1959 until the 1970s, and with Superior Steel until the 1979, the lawsuit states. He was self-employed after this, the complaint says. During his career, George was exposed to asbestos particles through the defendants’ products, the lawsuit claims. Because of his repeated asbestos exposure, George developed mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos particles, Leona George alleges. George was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer on January 20, 2014, according to the complaint. Leona George is seeking unspecified damages.

Veterans & Asbestos Exposure

Individuals who served the nation as armed force members have faced many hazards during their decades of service, including repeated asbestos exposure. Asbestos was used by all branches of military in different ways until the1980s. However, Navy veterans are at the highest risk of developing asbestos-related health problems because asbestos was extensively used by navy ships.

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