Pennsylvania mesothelioma lawsuit against Lockheed Martin, asbestos manufacturers filed on behalf of U.S. Navy veteran

by Jay Pate

Lockheed Martin Corp. is facing a lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court filed by the widow of a U.S. Navy veteran who was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer as a result of exposure to asbestos-containing products during his military service.  The lawsuit alleges that Peter George was exposed to asbestos products that were used onboard aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

George served in the U.S. Navy and the Navy Reserve from 1955 to 1961 as a jet mechanic. During this time, he frequently performed repairs on naval airplanes, including those manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

According to his mesothelioma lawsuit against Lockheed Martin, George was exposed to asbestos as a result of asbestos materials that were used onboard the jets he repaired. Asbestos is frequently used onboard naval ships or aircraft for insulation or other heat-protection in machine parts. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer affecting the heart, lungs, or abdomen. Asbestos exposure has also been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer and asbestosis, inflammation of the lungs caused by asbestos fibers.

George was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January 2014 after he began to experience symptoms, and died only a few months later in July 2014. Because of its aggressive nature, few patients who receive a mesothelioma diagnoses live more than a few years after they learn of their condition; many die within only a few months.

The asbestos lawsuit against Lockheed Martin was also filed against several other companies, including Advance Auto Parts, CBS Corp., General Electric, and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. After his military service, George worked as a carpenter, a steel worker, and an independent contractor, during which time he continued to suffer asbestos exposure from products manufactured by the other defendant companies.

Lockheed Martin filed a motion to have George’s claims against the company moved to federal court. The company argued that it should be immune from liability for George’s mesothelioma diagnosis because the aircraft that caused his asbestos exposure were manufactured through the company’s role as a government contractor.

However, George’s attorney said that this fact should not shield Lockheed Martin from liability in the case. The lawyers argued that Lockheed Martin had known for decades about the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, but continued to use asbestos materials in its aircraft, placing veterans who worked on these machines at risk of deadly illness.

Lawsuits Filed by U.S. Navy Veterans Diagnosed With Mesothelioma, Asbestos Diseases

Millions of American workers were unknowingly exposed for decades to the health risks of asbestos without being warned by their employers. Besides mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos can increase an individual’s risk of asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural diseases, and other types of cancer or respiratory illness. Individuals who worked with asbestos pipes, brake pads, insulation used in the construction industry, or U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine ships that were outfitted with asbestos parts may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation for the injuries they suffered as a result of their asbestos exposure.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, or asbestos-related diseases, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor of the asbestos products that caused your illness. The first step in filing a lawsuit is to get help from a law firm with the experience in product liability litigation to handle your case and seek the compensation you and your family deserve.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have handled hundreds of personal injury lawsuits on behalf of clients who were injured in the workplace or because of other mishaps. Our law firm has the financial resources to handle product liability cases from start to finish. In many instances, our firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to take our client’s case to trial and achieve the best possible result for their case.

For a free legal consultation about your case and to find out if you may be eligible to file a mesothelioma or asbestos lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free legal consultation form and answering a few simple questions about your case.

by Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.