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Widow Sues Companies over Shipyard Worker’s Mesothelioma Death

Gretna, Louisiana – A former shipyard employee’s widow is suing a number of defendant businesses she believes are legally responsible for exposing her husband to toxic asbesots fibers during his employment. The plaintiff’s husband died from malignant mesothelioma, a very rare but incurable form of lung cancer.

Janet Wusthoff has filed a lawsuit on behalf of her deceased husband Charles Wusthoff. The suit, which was filed in the twenty-fourth Judicial District Court on 17th April, names Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Incorporated, Reilly Benton Company Incorporated, Avondale Industries Incorporated, Taylor-Seidenbach Incorporated, Mccarty Corp, Eagle Incorporated, Eagle Asbestos & Packing Company Incorporated, Mccarty Corp, Onebeacon America Insurance Co, Commercial Union Insurance Co, and Onebeacon Insurance Co as defendants.

After the death of her husband, it was proven that his condition was in fact a direct and proximate result of his occupational exposure to asbestos fibers and dust, Janet Wusthoff claims. Her husband Charles Wusthoff passed away on 24th July, 2013, according to the suit. The plaintiff states that her hubby had been employed at the shipyard of Avondale Industries located at 5100 River Rd in Avondale. He had been working as a painter of the boiler room in the 1970s, the suit states. All through his employment, Charles Wusthoff was continuously exposed to hazardous asbestos and products containing the dangerous mineral in inadequately ventilated quarters, the plaintiff claims. Janet Wusthoff alleges that her husband or other workers had not been give any sort of protective equipment, such as respirators, while working in an extremely dangerous environment. As a result of this, he inhaled plenty of asbestos dust and fibers on a regular basis during his employment, according to the suit. Consequently, he was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma after several decades. The disease eventually killed him in 2013 July, Janet Wusthoff claims.

Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer which has no cure.

The defendant companies are accused of general negligence, strict products liability and wrongful death.

Janet Wusthoff is asking for an unspecified amount in damages for physical pain, mental anguish, medical costs, funeral costs, burial costs, loss of life quality, physical disfigurement, economic loss, emotional distress, loss of companionship, loss of society, loss of affection, love and care, court costs, interest, and attorney’s fees.

A New Orleans (LA) law firm will represent Ms. Wusthoff in this case.

Hon. June B Darensburg, the division ‘C’ judge, will preside over this case.