Woman sues 142 companies in asbestos case

Kelly Holleran Sep. 8, 2008, 6:54am

An Illinois woman has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of her recently deceased husband against 142 defendant corporations, claiming the lung cancer with which her husband was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Evelyn Rommerskirchen claims David M. Rommerskirchen, Sr., was diagnosed with the disease Sept. 5, 2006, and died April 28, 2007, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 3 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Evelyn says her husband worked from 1955 until 1994 as a laborer for various companies, according to the lawsuit.

She states her husband's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

She claims his disease was caused after he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers.

Evelyn alleges the asbestos-related disease caused substantial medical costs. David also experienced physical pain and mental anguish, she claims in the lawsuit.

Lung cancer hindered and prevented David from pursuing his normal course of employment, according to the suit.

As a result, he lost large sums of money, Evelyn claims.

She also claims David's family has been deprived of his means of support and has lost his society.

She claims large sums of money were spent on David's funeral and burial costs.

In the 11-count lawsuit, Evelyn is seeking sums in excess of $350,000, economic damages that will fairly compensate for David's injuries, punitive and exemplary damages of $50,000, compensatory damages in excess of $150,000, and for other relief the Court deems appropriate.

She also seeks punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Ferris Kimball Company, LLC, Sprinkmann Sons Corporation, Sprinkmann Insulation, Inc., and Young Insulation Group of St. Louis for their misconduct and to deter similarly situated parties from committing like acts in the future.

She is represented by Randy L. Gori of Julian & Associates in Alton.

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