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Bryant, General Motors, Asbestos & Lung Cancer


ASBESTOS, MESOTHELIOMA, CANCERBryant, General Motors, Asbestos & Lung Cancer: A case in the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Third District, Defiance County ruled on an appeal of a workers’ compensation claim.

The Bryant, General Motors, Asbestos & Lung Cancer case documents what a auto manufacturing plant worker may face today after past potential asbestos exposure – lung cancer.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • Ivan’s career with GM spanned nearly thirty years. He began working for GM in 1973 at its Defiance facility and continued working there until he retired in 2001.
  • Ivan died of lung cancer on February 28, 2007.
  • Robert Bell, a former co-worker of Ivan’s who also worked at the Defiance facility for nearly thirty years, testified that he first met Ivan in the mid-1970’s in Plant 1 at GM’s facility. He recalled they worked together in the “core room” on line 3 for a “few weeks.”
  • After that, Bell remembered Ivan working “up front” and in the foundry, where he observed Ivan performing “clean-up” and other jobs.
  • Throughout the proceeding years, Bell also passed through Ivan’s area “to get to the locker room, to the break room, to wherever [he] went.”
  • Bell described the GM facility where he and Ivan worked as one large open space. He recalled that when he first began working there in the early seventies “you couldn’t see fifty-six—sixty foot down the plant” because of “the dust and dirt in the air.” 
  • Alleged that Ivan sustained exposure to asbestos as a result of his job duties at GM and caused his asbestos-related lung cancer 

The court ruled:  Affirmed.  To find out more on the case, see Case No. 14-503 – November 30, 2015.


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