John’s Occupational Exposure to Asbestos
Before joining the U.S. Army, John worked at a Wisconsin Proctor & Gamble paper facility as a utility man. During his service, he kept in touch with his coworkers back home. In one letter he wrote to a co-worker that was published in the company newsletter, John stated, “Every once in a while my thoughts turn back to the mill. I sure will be glad to return.”
Little did John know, returning to the mill would eventually be the cause of his death.
John returned to the facility after being honorably discharged. John spent the rest of his career working at the P&G facility as a utility man, and later as an instrument technician. He repaired and performed maintenance on boilers, pumps, compressors, furnaces, steam presses and steam pipes. He also worked alongside pipefitters, boilermakers, furnace operators, carpenters and other workers. Time and time again, John was exposed to asbestos without even knowing it.
On Thanksgiving Day 2010, John began to feel bad. Difficulty breathing and chest pains resulted in a trip to a Green Bay hospital. Doctors discovered John had a pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung. After a biopsy, John was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2010.
The following April, 58 years after surviving the Battle of Triangle Hill, John passed away. He was days away from his 82nd birthday.
“[He was] a really great guy who never let anyone know how much pain his cancer was really causing him,” remembered Shareholder Tim Thompson, the lead attorney on John’s case. “He was the type of man who didn’t want you to worry about him. Even though he was clearly going through a horrible ordeal, his concern was always with his friends and family.”
Seeking Justice Through a Mesothelioma Lawsuit
After John was diagnosed, he and his family knew they didn’t have much time. John wanted to make sure his family would be taken care of when he passed. The family contacted Simmons Hanly Conroy about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.
Led by Shareholder Tim Thompson, John’s legal team began work on his case. They conducted discovery into the asbestos-containing products responsible for John’s exposure. Through their work, the team was able to fulfill John’s final wish and provide for his family.
Though John passed away, he will always live on in the hearts of many as a war hero and a survivor.