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Oklahoma Woman Sues Companies over Mesothelioma Death

Illinois – A woman from Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit after the death of her father because of exposure to asbestos fibers.

Nicole Lockett, a Tulsa (OK) resident, is suing 21 defendant companies individually and as the special executor of deceased Randle R Lockett’s estate. The lawsuit was filed on 27th February in the circuit court of St. Clair County.

In her lawsuit, Nicole alleges that the defendant corporations caused Randle – who died recently – to develop mesothelioma by regularly exposing him to a number of products containing hazardous asbestos all through his employment. Randle had worked in the United States military and at different other sites, according to the suit. As part of his duty, Randle had to maintain as well as repair silos, the lawsuit says.

The plaintiff argues that the defendant companies should’ve known of the dangerous effects of exposure to asbestos. However, they negligently failed to exercise proper caution and care for the safety of Randle. Because of his deadly asbestos-related condition, Randle suffered physical disability and disfigurement, the suit claims. Additionally, he incurred substantial medical expenses and suffered enormous physical pain and emotional anguish, according to the lawsuit. The condition also prevented Randle from pursuing his regular course of employment, Nicole Lockett states. Thus he lost large amounts of money which would’ve accrued to him otherwise, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Ms. Lockett is asking for a judgement of in excess of $50000, punitive damages in a sum enough to punish the defendant companies for their wrongdoings, compensatory damages of in excess of $200000. She is also seeking any other relief to which she could perhaps be entitled. A Glen Carbon law firm is representing Nicole Lockett in this case.

Mesothelioma is a fairly rare cancer which occurs in the mesothelium, the thin membrane which covers most of the internal organs. This cancer is aggressive as well as deadly. Though there are several treatments, none of them can fully cure mesothelioma. Treatments are just to relieve certain symptoms and extend the survival. Mesothelioma patients generally die within a year after their diagnosis.

Depending upon the affected body part, mesothelioma can be divided into different types. In most cases, mesothelioma affects the pleura, the membrane which covers the lungs. This type is known as pleural mesothelioma. Other types are often rare. When mesothelioma affects the abdominal tissue, it is called peritoneal mesothelioma.