Posted On: February 14, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Man Files Asbestos Lawsuit Suing 58 Companies

A man who was diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and his wife are suing 58 corporations for personal injury. Joseph and Lisa Headley say all of the defendants knew that Joseph was working around products with asbestos but acted negligently when they failed to warn him about what exposure to asbestos can do to a person’s health. Their complaint also accuses the defendants of failing to provide him with the proper safety gear, clothing, and information.

Joseph says he was unaware that exposure to products that contain asbestos could pose a health hazard to him. As a result of asbestos exposure, he says he sustained injury, disability, illness, pain, mental trauma, permanent partial disability, and physical impairment. He also says he has experienced progressive loss of earning capacity, accrued medical expenses, and can no longer take part in certain activities. His wife Lisa says that because of her husband’s illness, she experienced loss of his services, financial support, care, consortium, and comfort.

Among the defendants are those the couple is accusing of making products that contain asbestos, including: Ametek, Certainteed, Bondex, Copes-Vulcan, Uniroyal, Durabla, Champlain, Henry Vost Machine, Cooper Industries, Kaiser Gypsum,Crosby Valve, Sepco Corp., Crown Cork, Garlock, Georgia Pacific, Foseco, Guard-Line, Insulation Co.,Industrial Holdings Corp., Ogelbay Norton,KCG, Owens-Illinois, Murcowall Products, Rapid American, Parsons E&C, RPM Inc., Union Carbide, and TWC Valve.

Their complaint also names four premise owners, Dupont, Chevron, Texaco, and Exxon Mobile, as well as the following contractors that he claims provided the material that contained asbestos, Bechtel, Able Supply, Daniel International, HP Zachary, and Fluor, as defendants.

The asbestos lawsuit says a number of defendant companies made the machinery that required the products that contained asbestos, including: Zurn, Weil-McLain, Warren Pumps, Viacom, Trane, Oakfabco, FMC Corp., Allis-Chalmers, Ingersoll-Rand, Aqua Chem, Goulds Pumps, GE,Crane Co., Foster Wheeler, Elliot Turbo Machinery, Peerless, and IMO Industries. The complaint also accuses defendant Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. of concealing the dangers of asbestos exposure from members of the public.

The couple is seeking unspecified exemplary and punitive damages, as well as other relief.

Asbestos-Related Illnesses
Asbestos exposure can lead to a number of diseases, including several types of cancer, pleural mesothelioma, and asbestosis. One type of cancer can even take up to 70 years to reveal any symptoms.

A person afflicted by a disease caused by exposure to hazardous or toxic substances on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits as well as third party personal injury compensation.

Almost 60 Charged with Asbestos Exposure,

Suit names 58 defendants over man's asbestos exposure, The Southeast Texas Record, January 21, 2008

Related Web Resources:
Asbestos Related Disorders,

Workers' Compensation, Justia

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