Illinois woman sues 58 for asbestos exposure

Kelly Holleran Sep. 15, 2008, 5:10am

An Illinois woman has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of her recently deceased husband against 58 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which he was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Fern Anseth claims James Anseth was diagnosed with the disease June 25, 2007, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 10 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Fern says her husband worked from 1963 until 2007 as a laborer and construction superintendent at various locations throughout Illinois and North Dakota, according to the lawsuit.

Fern states James'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.

Fern alleges the asbestos-related disease caused the couple to incur substantial medical costs. James also has experienced great physical pain and mental anguish as a result of the disease, Fern claims in the lawsuit.

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

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

Because of James's death, his family has been deprived of his support and has lost his society, the suit states.

His family spent substantial amounts on funeral and burial costs, according to the complaint.

In the five-count lawsuit, Fern seeks sums in excess of $150,000 and compensatory damages in excess of $100,000.

She also seeks punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants for their misconduct and to deter similarly situated parties from committing like acts of misconduct in the future.

She is represented by Brian J. Cooke and Drew Sealey of SimmonsCooper LLC in East Alton.

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