Cancer patient sues range of firms over asbestos claim

By Robert Hadley | Jan 25, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man suffering from mesothelioma is suing more than two dozen defendants he claims manufactured or sold him products laced with asbestos between 1950 and 1996.

Fabian E. Strong and his wife, Christine Strong, filed a lawsuit Jan. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court against American Optical Corp. and 27 other defendants, alleging personal injury liability.

According to the complaint, the defendants manufactured a variety of products containing asbestos, such as vehicles and auto parts, boilers and other industrial equipment, joint compounds and other construction goods, gloves and other fire-retardant products. The suit says Strong’s mesothelioma (an aggressive form of cancer) is a direct result of exposure to these items over a 46-year period.

The Strongs are asking for a jury trial and damages in excess of $50,000. They are represented by attorney Amanda G. Altman of The Ferraro Law Firm in Miami.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016-L000690

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