Friday, June 22, 2007

Asbestos suit by former BHS teacher settled for $3.8 million

BLOOMINGTON — A former Bloomington High School teacher who died in March received about $3.8 million in settlements from an asbestos lawsuit filed last year, according to documents filed in McLean County Circuit Court.

Daniel Malcolm and his wife, Nancy, agreed to settle claims against several defendants, including Pneumo Abex Corp, a manufacturer of asbestos.

Malcolm was a Bloomington High School teacher from 1968 to July 1994 and worked at a foundry at Caterpillar’s East Peoria plant from June to August 1964.

The complaint filed in May 2006 states that Malcolm was exposed to asbestos at the school and foundry assignments. That same year, Malcolm was diagnosed with mesotheloima, a disorder commonly linked to exposure to asbestos.

The settlement agreements allocate a portion of the funds to Malcolm’s wife, who has been obligated for her husband’s medical expenses, said court documents.

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