New Orleans, Louisiana – A woman from New Orleans (LA) is suing a number of companies, alleging that they are responsible for her cancer diagnosis.
Rosemary Rodosta says she developed pleural mesothelioma – a deadly form of cancer – as a result of her direct as well as secondary exposure to asbestos fibers and dust. She has filed a lawsuit against the companies on 6th August in Orleans Parish Civil Dist. Court. Companies named as defendants in her lawsuit include: Lorillard Tobacco Co, Hollingsworth & Vose Company Incorporated, Eagle Incorporated, One Beacon American Insurance Co, McCarty Corp, Reilly Benton Co Incorporated, Falstaff Brewing Corp, and Taylor Seidenbach Incorporated.
Mesothelioma is a very rare cancer which is caused by inhalation or ingestion of asbestos dust and fibers. However, it is always deadly. A mesothelioma victim typically dies within a year after the diagnosis.
According to the plaintiff, her pleural mesothelioma diagnosis was a result of her asbestos exposure, which took place when she was a child and living with her parents’ home in Louisiana, and the exposure occurred while smoking Kent Cigarettes between 1947 and 1967.
Rodosta says her father was working with Falstaff Brewery when she was living with parents in her childhood. According to Rodosta, her father was regularly exposed to dangerous asbestos, and always he came home with his dresses covered in toxic dust. Rodosta was exposed to this dust through her father’s work clothes, according to the suit.
Additionally, Rodosta was directly exposed to asbestos fibers while smoking Cigarettes from 1947 until 1967. She says the micronite filters of those Kent cigarettes contained blue asbestos (also known as crocidolite) during the period of 1952 March and 1957 May.
Rodosta is suing the defendant companies for alleged fraud, intentional misconduct, fraudulent concealment, conspiring for concealing or defrauding the hazards of products containing asbestos. Rodosta is asking for an unspecified sum in damages for physical pain, mental anguish, emotional pain, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, loss of life quality, loss of enjoyments in life, fear of death, medical costs, court costs, interest, and attorney’s fees.
Scott Bickford, an attorney with New Orleans, Louisiana (LA)-based law firm ‘Martzell and Bickford, A.P.C.,’ is representing Rodosta in her legal battle.
The case will be presided over by Hon. Ethel Julien, a judge for the division ‘N’ of the 41st Judicial Dist. Civil Court in Orleans Parish, LA.