Aerojet Exposes Employees and the Community to Cancer-Causing Asbestos
Aerojet, a defense contract that produces rockets and missiles, has been accused of using asbestos in its products dating back to the 1950’s, as well as allowing these dangerous chemicals to leak into the environment surrounding their plant in Chino Hills, California.
Recently, a toxic tort case against Aerojet was decided that alleged the wrongful death of a 42-year-old woman from cancer caused by that asbestos. Aerojet initially denied that it used asbestos in its manufacturing processes, but subsequently amended its pleadings to confirm that use while denying any intentional deception in the first response. GenCorp, the parent company of Aerojet, stated that it had been unable to locate former workers or documentation that could verify the use of the asbestos so long ago. Eventually, Aerojet admitted that 64,000 pounds of asbestos had been stockpiled at the plant as recently as 1988.
A jury awarded more than five million dollars to the woman’s family.
Exposure to asbestos is known to cause cancer and a number of other harmful side effects in humans. Common problems associated with asbestos exposure include:
- Asbestosis – inflammation and scarring of the lungs, which can cause difficult breathing, persistent coughing, and shortness of breath.
- Lung cancer
- Mesothelioma – a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and/or chest cavity
- Other lung problems, such as pleural effusions, thickening of the membranes surrounding the lungs, and pleural plaques
In addition to conditions involving the lungs, asbestos exposure may be linked to cancers of the throat, gastrointestinal tract, bladder, kidneys, brain, gallbladder, voice box, and other organs.
The 42-year-old victim is allegedly just one of many. And, she was not even directly exposed to asbestos – she came into contact with it as a toddler when her father would return home from work each day with asbestos on his clothing. Others in Chino Hills are worried about the environmental impact of the Aerojet plant, even now that it is shut down. They fear toxic chemicals could have leached into the air and surrounding water, which could cause health problems for any residents of the area.
The attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm are experts in toxic tort litigation and offer free consultations to all potential victims who either worked for Aerojet or lived in the Chino Hills area. If we accept your case, you will be represented with no out-of-pocket costs regardless of how much effort or time is required to secure fair compensation for the pain, suffering, mental anguish, and medical costs associated with your exposure to asbestos and other toxic chemical exposure by Aerojet. Our fees will only be paid from the cash settlement you receive.