Charles A. Schano Jr. and Marilyn Ann Schano recently filed a complaint against a former employer for failing to warn about the dangerous asbestos exposure on the premises. After working as a laborer for J&L Hazelwood and USX Edgar Thomson for roughly 4 years, Charles A. Schano Jr. contracted mesothelioma, a dangerous form of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure. As a result of this diagnosis, the plaintiff suffered serious, permanent injuries that caused him to stop working altogether. The couple, who live in Pittsburgh, are now dealing with the staggering repercussions caused by the company’s initial negligence.
The Schanos, who are represented by our legal team at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., initially filed a complaint in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, accusing multiple different companies of failing to keep their premises safe. Charles A. Schano Jr. worked for J&L Hazelwood between 1973 and 1977, during a time when asbestos-containing materials were dangerously common. According to the allegations, the company failed to notify Schano of the presence of asbestos at his place of employment, which ultimately exposed him to the dangerous, deadly fibers.
Understanding the Damages
Asbestos fibers are present in many old buildings and construction materials, which is why laborers like Charles Schano are particularly susceptible to asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, when these fibers are inhaled, they can eventually result in the growth of cancerous tumors in the lungs and surrounding organs. This form of cancer, mesothelioma, can be extremely aggressive, painful, and is often fatal.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs will request a trial by jury to seek justice and compensation for the damages they suffered. In addition to Charles’ permanent injury, Marilyn Ann Schano must now live without the support of his income, and will likely be deprived of the companionship of her husband due to this deadly disease.
The couple is asking for an amount in excess of $35,000 for the contraction of mesothelioma by asbestos exposure, as well as other related damages.
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