Malignant mesothelioma is a disease that is typically associated with older men who either worked in high-heat settings or who served in the military during World War II and the years afterward. This is because the rare and deadly form of cancer is caused by exposure to asbestos, the carcinogenic mineral once used to insulate and protect against heat and flame. Unfortunately, asbestos use extended far beyond those applications, and a new type of asbestos victim is emerging among teachers and other employees of buildings where asbestos is hidden within walls, insulating exposed pipes, and in ceiling and floor tiles. One such individual died last February at just 60 years old, and her family is seeking justice.
Woman’s Mesothelioma Blamed on Asbestos at Popular Nebraska Venue
The mesothelioma victim was Donna Grant, who worked at the Pershing Center in Lincoln, Nebraska for forty years. According to her attorney, Ms. Grant began working in the building in 1974 and continued to do so on a part-time basis through 2014 when the building stopped being used.
When Ms. Grant’s mesothelioma was diagnosed, experts determined that she’d been exposed to asbestos when maintenance crews had worked on pipe insulation, as well as when vibrations from music concerts held at the venue caused the asbestos popcorn ceiling to release dust that fell from the ceiling and which she inhaled.
Lawsuit Filed Against City of Lincoln, Nebraska
According to the family’s mesothelioma lawsuit, the city of Lincoln, Nebraska was negligent in its failure to protect employees of the Pershing Center from asbestos exposure. Their claim says that the city had a duty to conduct tests on the building’s material to determine whether asbestos was present, and to be more responsible in hiring and supervising the subcontractors who needlessly put employees of the building at risk.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, identifying the source of asbestos exposure is your first step in obtaining justice. For help with the challenges that lay ahead, contact the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net at 1-800-692-8608.