The estate of a woman who claims her mesothelioma diagnosis was caused by secondhand asbestos exposure from the company her husband used to be employed at will be allowed to continue with its mesothelioma lawsuit after a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision.
Annette Simpkins died from mesothelioma in 2007, the same year that her mesothelioma claim against CSX Transportation was initially dismissed. The claim alleged that Simpkins husband had regularly tracked asbestos dust home after work at CSX on a regular basis during the 1960s.
Simpkins claimed she was unknowingly exposed to the deadly dust when she regularly washed her husbands work clothes.
After the claim was initially denied, appeals by Simpkins family eventually made their way to the Supreme Court, which was ultimately tasked with deciding whether or not to reinstate Simpkins mesothelioma lawsuit against CSX. In its decision, a majority of the justices ruled that a company dealing with asbestos products is obligated to properly warn employees about the dangers of secondhand asbestos exposure and taking the dangerous fibers in their clothes.
The lawsuit was reinstated and will be tried in Madison County court, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.
If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma due to secondhand asbestos exposure, call Sokolove Law today to learn more about pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit.