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New York woman files asbestos lawsuit after husband’s death

January 14th, 2012

A New York woman has filed an asbestos lawsuit against her husband’s former employers after he died from lung cancer. Carolina Malone alleges in her lawsuit that Alcoa Inc. exposed her husband to asbestos while he worked for the company, which caused him to develop cancer.

Melvin Butterfield worked for the aluminum manufacturer for 31 years, handling different materials and machinery. Malone’s asbestos lawsuit claims that the company and several manufacturers knew that their equipment contained asbestos but insisted it was safe.

Though the health hazards of asbestosis were documented as early as 1930, nearly 27.5 million people were exposed to the carcinogenic building material between 1940 and 1979. Asbestos exposure has been directly linked to several severe diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma.

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