New Orleans, Louisiana – A family has filed a lawsuit against a number of corporations following the death of a man after he was diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer, which was allegedly caused by his occupational exposure to the hazardous material.
Richard, Timothy, Gerard, and Anatole Constant have filed a lawsuit against Asbestos Corp Ltd, Taylor-Seidenbach Incorporated, Eagle Incorporated, Rielly Benton Co, McCarthy Corp, Union Carbide Corp, Burmaster Land & Development Company, Zurich American Insurance Co, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co, and CSR Ltd. The suit was filed on 11th June in Orleans Parish Central Dist. Court. The plaintiffs are Jefferson Parish residents.
Richard, Timothy, Gerard, and Anatole Constant argue that late Nita Constant had been exposed to high levels of hazardous asbestos and asbestos fibres that were brought home regularly by Mr. Anatole Constant when coming back from his work. Anatole was working with Celotex Corp. She was also exposed to the deadly fibres from neighborhood and environmental exposure while staying at West Bank.
The defendant companies, which are miners, makers, sellers, providers, or contractors of asbestos and/or asbestos products, allegedly distributed and used many products which are unreasonably hazardous. The plaintiffs allege that the companies were negligent as far as the safety of workers is concerned. The defendants are responsible for the wrongful death, the suit says.
The claimants are seeking an unspecified amount in damages for mental anguish, emotional anguish, lost survival chance, and all other sufferings linked to the asbestos exposure. The suit is also seeking compensation for past, present and expecting sufferings and medical costs.
Mickey Landry, an attorney from New Orleans, LA-based law firm Landry, Swarr & Cannella LLC, is representing the petitioners in their legal battle against the defendant companies.
Hon. Tiffany Gautier Chase, the judge for the Division A of 41st Judicial District Civil Court in Orleans Parish, LA, will be presiding over the case.
Asbestos is the general name given to a group of mineral fibers occurring in the nature. The material is known for its excellent thermal insulating and tensile strength properties. Asbestos is usually found in vinyl floor tiles, insulation of heating system, sheet flooring, roofing shingles, cement, and a number of other construction materials. If asbestos material is disturbed or broken, it can release microscopic fibres into the air. Once asbestos fibres become airborne, they could be inhaled easily, and trapped and stay permanently in the lungs. These fibres can cause serious respiratory disorders after several decades. Some common asbestos-related diseases are lung cancer, asbestosis (scarring of lungs) and malignant mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of chest cavity, lungs and abdomen).