Mesothelioma Victim’s Widow, Represented by Brayton Purcell, Named to Chrysler Bankruptcy Committee
Appointed to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings is the widow of a mesothelioma victim represented by Alan Brayton and Christina Skubic of Brayton Purcell, LLP. The appointment was announced on May 5 and filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York on May 6, 2009, by Diana Adams, U.S. Trustee. By serving on the Chrysler committee, the widow, through her asbestos attorneys, will represent the interests of all unsecured creditors, working to protect the interests of those who have suffered from asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma. The widow’s husband, who died from mesothelioma, was exposed to asbestos dust from Chrysler’s asbestos-containing brakes.
Chrysler Bankruptcy–A Brief Overview
In a move to pursue an alliance with Italian automaker Fiat, Chrysler filed for federal bankruptcy protection on April 30, 2009. As outlined in Chrysler’s government-sponsored plan, the United Automobile Workers (UAW) will take control of Chrysler through their retirement plan. Fiat will be a junior partner along with the U.S. and Canadian governments. By filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Chrysler will be able to renegotiate its current debt structure as well as other financial obligations such as those filed by asbestos claimants. Throughout the bankruptcy negotiations, the widow through her counsel, Brayton Purcell, will represent the interests of asbestos claimants, including those suffering from mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Mesothelioma, Asbestos Exposure and the Auto Industry
Asbestos, often a component in brake pads and linings, clutch facings, and various gaskets, can become airborne during routine automotive maintenance procedures. The airborne asbestos fibers may increase the risk for automotive workers to develop asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma, a deadly cancer. Diseases from asbestos exposure may take years to develop after the initial exposure. To learn more about asbestos exposure in the automotive industry or mesothelioma, please see:
- Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace
- Asbestos Diseases: An Overview
- Mesothelioma Types, Diagnosis Procedures, Treatment Options
Brayton Purcell’s Commitment to Injured Asbestos Workers
Brayton Purcell has handled thousands of asbestos bankruptcy claims and served on numerous bankruptcy committees. As advocates for asbestos disease victims and their families, the asbestos attorneys at Brayton Purcell can provide the latest information on the bankruptcies of companies involved with asbestos products. With former employees of bankrupt companies continuing to develop mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and other asbestos diseases, Brayton Purcell remains committed to the interests of asbestos victims and preventing corporations from using bankruptcy as a means to escape liability for the lives they negatively affected.
For those injured by unsafe working conditions or unknowingly exposed to the health hazards of asbestos on the job, Brayton Purcell is here to help. If you have developed mesothelioma, or any condition related to asbestos exposure, contact us with questions regarding a potential case, free of charge. For more information about selecting an asbestos attorney or our success in the courts, please visit the following pages: