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Former Pipefitter Develops Malignant Mesothelioma

New Orleans, Louisiana – An ex-pipefitter is suing a number of companies in an asbestos-related suit. The plaintiff says the defendant companies exposed him regularly to toxic asbestos fibers, as a result of which he was diagnosed with deadly lung cancer.

The lawsuit was filed by Mr. David Punch on 27th June in the Central Dist. Court in Orleans Parish. Asbestos Corp Limited, Taylor Seidenbach Incorporated, Eagle Incorporated, Rielly Benton Co, McCarty Corp, Anco Insulations Incorporated, Union Carbide Corp, The Cajun Co, Uniroyal Incorporated, Shell Oil Co, Occidental Chemical, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co, Pharmacia Corp, Whitney Holding Corp, Chevron U.S.A Incorporated, Chevron Chemical Co LLC, Tin Incorporated, Lou Con Incorporated, RMJ Properties, Entergy Louisiana LLC, Maryland Casualty Co, and Gulf Engineering Co LLC are the companies named as defendants in this case.

Punch says he was working as a trainee pipefitter through many sites in the state of Louisiana for different employers between 1959 and 1973. He alleges that he was continuously exposed to dangerous asbestos and several products containing asbestos during that period. According to the plaintiff, he contracted mesothelioma, a terminal form of cancer that affects the mesothelium (lining of lungs, chest cavity and abdomen). Punch says his cancer was the direct and proximate result of his occupational exposure to lethal asbestos fibers.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer. But it is not curable so far. Though treatments can only relieve some of its symptoms, mesothelioma victims usually dies within 18 months once the disease has been detected.

The defendant companies allegedly used and distributed products which were unreasonably hazardous. According to the suit, the defendants either did not warn at all or did not sufficiently warn the plaintiff and other workers regarding the hazardous nature of their products. The companies were negligent and they failed to provide their workers with a harmless working environment, the lawsuit states.

The plaintiff is asking for unspecified damages for all his past, present and future sufferings, medical expenses, physical pain, emotional pain and suffering, loss of enjoyments in life, loss of life’s quality, disfigurement, disability, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, and all other related losses.

David R. Cannella, an attorney with New Orleans, LA-based law firm ‘Landry, Swarr and Cannella,’ is representing the plaintiff in this case.

Hon. Sidney H. Cates IV, the judge for Division C of the 41st Judicial District Civil (Orleans Parish, Louisiana), will preside over the case.