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Deceased Shipyard Worker’s Family Files Asbestos Lawsuit

New Orleans, Louisiana – The family of a Louisiana man who died from malignant mesothelioma is suing numerous companies over allegations that the defendants are legally responsible for the death. Annette LaPorte, along with her son Monique Ripp, has filed a lawsuit against the companies in the civil dist. court of Orleans Parish. One of the companies named as defendant in the case is Huntington Ingalls.

Annette LaPorte says her husband and Ripp’s father Joseph LaPorte was heavily exposed to cancer-causing asbestos fibers all through his career. Joseph LaPorte had been working at the Main Yard of Avondale Shipyard in Avondale, LA.

In 1991, Joseph LaPorte was diagnosed with a dangerous disease called asbestosis. Additionally, the plaintiff says they were secondarily exposed to toxic asbesots fibers through the work clothes of Mr. LaPorte. Secondhand exposure to asbestos fibres also can be dangerous and may result in fatal diseases such as cancer, Annette LaPorte says.

Asbestosis is a severe lung condition caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres. Long term exposure to asbestos fibres can result in chronic lung tissue scarring which causes shortness of breath. The symptoms of asbestosis could be mild or severe. The condition often appears several decades after the victim’s continuous exposure to asbesots fibers. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is resistant to corrosion, heat and fire.

The defendant businesses are accused of negligently failing to disclose the inherent hazards of asbestos. Additionally, the companies failed to provide enough showers for its workers for protecting the public from exposure to asbestos fibers, the suit says. The companies never warned employees regarding the risks of asbestos exposure.

Prior to his death, Joseph LaPorte suffered immense physical pain, his family says. Because of his disastrous condition, he died a terrible and painful death, according to the plaintiffs.

In their lawsuit, Annette LaPorte and Monique Ripp are seeking damages for Mr. LaPorte’s physical pain, physical disfigurement, loss of earning capacity, lost earnings, and medical costs. Damages are also being sought for the plaintiffs’ mental anguish, emotional pain, loss of support, society, companionship, care and affection of Joseph LaPorte, burial expenses, court costs and attorneys’ fees.

The plaintiffs in this case are being represented by a New Orleans (LA) law firm.

The case will be presided over by Hon. Ethel S. Julien, the judge of the Division ‘N’ of the Orleans Parish Civil Dist. Court.