Indiana woman sues in Madison County over mesothelioma

Kelly Holleran Sep. 12, 2008, 12:38am

An Indiana woman and her husband have filed an asbestos suit against 117 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which the woman was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Maggie L. and Leroy E. Wallace claim Maggie was diagnosed with the disease Aug. 6, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 8 in Madison County Circuit Court.

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

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

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

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

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

Because of the disease, Leroy claims he has been deprived of the companionship, society and services of Maggie.

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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