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Asbestos Victim’s Family Sues 3 Companies

Gretna, LA – The son and husband of a woman who died after developing lung cancer, which was allegedly caused by his regular exposure to toxic asbestos fibres, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by Jude Gattuso and Mark Hennessey against Burmaster Land & Development Company, Asbestos Corp, Southern Talc and Zurich Insurance Co in the twenty fourth Judicial Dist. Court on 27th November.

The plaintiffs say Betty Hennessey developed malignant mesothelioma because of direct exposure to dangerous asbestos-containing groundfill material which was mined as well as milled by Asbestos Corporation, and supplied by Burnmaster in areas close to the Gretna home between 1950 and 1961. According to the plaintiffs, while Betty Hennessey resided in the location, Burnmaster crushed asbestos-containing concrete pipe for making ground fill substance which was utilized in the area drive ways. Additionally, the asbestos dust in the area was spread all through the neighborhood and also into the home, the plaintiffs allege. Gattuso and Hennessey say asbestos exposure was the direct and proximate cause of Betty’s mesothelioma. Betty eventually died from the fatal cancer on 19th May.

The defendants allegedly failed to warn regarding the dangerous features of asbestos and the consequences of being exposed to asbestos dust and fibers. The plaintiffs also accuse the defendant companies of selling unreasonably hazardous materials and strict products liability.

The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified sum in damages for sufferings and physical pain, physical disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, emotional pain and sufferings, loss of enjoyments of life, and loss of benefits.

Roshawn H Donahue, an attorney with New Orleans (LA)-based law firm ‘Martzell and Bickford,’ is representing the plaintiffs.

Hon. Robert Pitre Jr., the judge of the Division ‘G,’ of the twenty-fourth judicial district of the State of Louisiana District Court in Gretna (LA), will preside over the case.

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer starts in the mesothelial cells of human body. Mesothelial cells form a lining (membrane) which covers as well as protects a number of internal body organs. This lining is known as mesothelium. Pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma are the two main types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma starts in pleura, whereas peritoneal mesothelioma begins in peritoneum. All forms of mesothelioma are caused from just one source and that is asbestos. Ingestion or inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibres is the only known reason for this deadly cancer.