The surviving son of a deceased Frito-Lay employee has filed a proposed class action lawsuit against his father's former company alleging that his father passed away from cancer due to asbestos exposure at the factory where he worked. The claim filed by the Texas man seeks to recover compensation not only on behalf of his deceased father but also on behalf of any other Frito-Lay workers who may have developed asbestos related cancer while working at the facility in Mississippi where the plaintiff's father was employed.
According to the mesothelioma cancer lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the victim worked as a machine operator and pest control worker at the Frito-Lay plant in Jackson, Mississippi from 1974 until 1999. The plaintiff claims that his father worked with pesticide spray, which led to his cancer diagnosis, and that there was asbestos in the facility about which the company knew but chose not to provide any warning to workers.
“Families have gone through tremendous debts behind losing their loved ones. Some of these people had to pay for their own funerals, because they didn't have any money. These families need to be financially compensated but also have some appreciation shown. Frito-Lay has made billions of dollars off the backs of these employees and then they just discard them like tools,” the plaintiff said to local media earlier this December.
The lawsuit seeks to recover damages on behalf of victims and their families that include lost earnings, loss of inheritance, and emotional pain and suffering. In all, seven other families have joined the plaintiffs' class action asbestos cancer lawsuit to recover their damages and hold Frito-Lay responsible for their alleged acts of negligence.
Exposure to asbestos is directly linked to developing serious health conditions, including mesothelioma, which is a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organs such as the lungs and heart. There is no known cure for mesothelioma and because of the 20-to-50-year latency period, many patients are left with diminished treatment options to fight the disease and prolong their survival.
Asbestos was once commonly used in building construction as an insulation and gasket-making material, leading to hundreds of thousands of workers suffering from asbestos exposure while performing their jobs. While asbestos has been effectively banned by federal legislation since the mid 1970s, companies knew for decades about the health risks associated with the carcinogenic substance, but chose not to provide any warning to the innocent workers on whom they depended.
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