Michigan woman claims asbestos exposure in suit

Kelly Holleran Sep. 12, 2008, 12:36am

A Michigan woman and her husband have filed an asbestos suit 114 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which the woman was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Darlene and Joe Lukowski claim Darlene was diagnosed with the disease May 8, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 8 in Madison County Circuit Court.

They say Darlene was exposed to the asbestos through fibers her husband would carry on his clothing after leaving work.

They state Darlene's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

They claim her disease was caused after she was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers.

The Lukowskis allege the asbestos-related disease disabled and disfigured Darlene and has caused substantial medical costs. Darlene also has and will continue to experience physical pain and mental anguish, they claim in the lawsuit.

Mesothelioma hindered and prevented Darlene from pursuing her normal course of employment, according to the suit.

As a result, she lost large sums of money, the Lukowskis claims.

Because of the disease, Joe claims he has been deprived of the companionship, society and services of Darlene.

In the seven-count lawsuit, the couple is seeking sums in excess of $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $100,000, compensatory damages in excess of $150,000, and for other relief the Court deems appropriate.

They also seek 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.

They are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland & Short of Edwardsville.

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