BELLEVILLE, Illinois – A former railroad employee has filed a complaint against his company, alleging he developed a non-cancerous, asbestos-related disease during his 40-year career.

Donald D. Hongsermeier worked for Illinois Central Railroad Company from 1953 until 1991, during which he claims he was exposed to asbestos. As a result, Hongsermeier explains he has suffered great pain and mental anguish. He doesn’t specify what kind of disease he developed in the lawsuit.

Hongsermeier also claims he is no longer able to work as he used to because of the disease and has had his life expectancy cut short. He claims he suffers mentally and emotionally, fearing his condition will get worse and develop into mesothelioma or another form of asbestos-related cancer.

Mesothelioma is a serious cancer related to asbestos exposure that affects the lungs, heart and chest cavities. It is one of the most difficult diseases to both diagnose and treat because symptoms don’t always manifest and the disease itself can take up to 50 years to develop. Although there are several treatments for it, such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, there is sadly no cure for mesothelioma as of yet.

Illinois Central Railroad Company was found to have failed to provide Hongsermeier with the necessary safety equipment to protect him from asbestos and failed to provide a safe workplace. Hongsermeier now seeks damages upwards of $50,000.

Like Hongsermeier, you too can seek legal action if you are suffering from mesothelioma. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have been exposed to asbestos, contact a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible for help. Mesothelioma attorneys do whatever it takes to ensure you get the money damages and medical care you deserve.

With the help of an elite team of mesothelioma lawyers, you and your loved ones may be eligible for thousands – if not millions – of dollars in compensation for your pain and suffering. Your paralegal will make sure those who are responsible for your disease are held accountable. Contact a mesothelioma attorney right away to fight for your rights as an asbestos victim.