A second lawsuit has been filed over a man that contracted an asbestos related disease who has now died. Before his death Earnest L Edwards filed a lawsuit and received a payout for contracting an asbestos related disease, having worked all of his life as a pipe fitter.

However, the family of the deceased is now filing a claim over a “different malignant asbestos-related injury”, which they claim resulted in his early death. The lawsuit was filed against thirty five defendant companies earlier this month in Jefferson County District Court.

The lawsuit claims that the companies named as defendants knowingly manufactured and distributed products that contained asbestos throughout Jefferson County. The lawsuit claims that Edwards carried out various work “which caused him to suffer from…industrial dust diseases caused by breathing the asbestos-containing products.”

The lawsuit goes on to state that the defendants should have tested their products before putting them on the market, and should have warned consumers about the dangers of exposure to asbestos, which can cause a range of health problems including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

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