Motorola employees recently filed suit for their exposure to toxic substances in manufacturing facilities, resulting in birth defects to their children and other conditions. Another suit was filed by a man employed in the plastics industry after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Toxic exposure lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm detail these two cases and others like it we are currently handling.
About 13 plaintiffs are currently joined in the Motorola suit, claiming that the company routinely ignored scientific research and government warnings about the safety of various chemicals in its manufacturing facilities. Because of its negligence, Motorola employees were exposed to various toxic substances such as arsenic, radiation, ethylene glycol ethers, and fluorine compounds.
This is the fifth toxic exposure lawsuit filed against Motorola since 2011. This specific lawsuit claims the exposure caused birth defects such as hearing loss, asthma, Down syndrome, and ADHD among other conditions. The plaintiffs worked at Motorola’s manufacturing facilities at various times from 1965 to 2001.
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The employees claim Motorola provided them with protective equipment solely to safeguard the semiconductor products from outside particulate matter, rather than to protect employees from chemical exposure. They claim the company neglected to properly train employees and to install proper ventilation systems.
Semiconductor manufacturing is an inherently dangerous occupation, as evidenced by mountains of research dating back to the 1980s. Various industry groups and government agencies have issued warnings about the dangers to reproductive health in semiconductor manufacturing. Plaintiffs seek damages for medical care, lost income, emotional distress, caretaking costs, and other injuries.
Plastics Industry and Leukemia
The other lawsuit was filed by a man who spent nearly three decades working for Penn Tube Plastics and Plastomer Products and subsequently developed acute myeloid leukemia, which is cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The man and his wife sued the manufacturing plants’ parent companies, along with DuPont and Exxon Mobil for supplying the toxic solvents he used during his job.
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He claims he was exposed to many different substances during his career, including benzene, petroleum solvents, and naphtha, and that he was never provided protective equipment. He claims the companies never warned about the health risks of these chemicals, which were inherently dangerous and could have been made safer.
Lawsuits centered on toxic exposure in the workplace generally rely on whether or not the chemical manufacturers properly warned about the chemicals’ dangers, and whether or not the employer followed guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Despite the massive and irrefutable evidence on the health risks of certain substances, many employers still neglect to properly warn and protect their workers from exposure. Benzene, asbestos, lead and radiation remain major risks in manufacturing industries, leading to cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
A similar lawsuit recently settled in Philadelphia. The case was brought by the widow of a man who died from his workplace exposure to benzene. She sued U.S. Steel Corp, Exxon Mobil, DuPont, and others, eventually winning settlements for his death.
Our team of toxic substance lawyers is currently accepting cases of serious injury or death from benzene, asbestos, lead, perchlorate and other chemicals. If you or someone you love suffers from dangerous exposure in the workplace, contact our firm immediately. We offer free case reviews to concerned workers and their families nationwide.