Nebraska man files asbestos complaint in Madison County

Kelly Holleran Sep. 15, 2008, 6:32am

A Nebraska man has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of his recently deceased father against 68 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which his father was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Antonio Lunbery claims Raymond Lunbery was diagnosed with the disease July 12, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 11 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Antonio says his father worked from 1955 until 1993 as a roofer, construction worker, machine operator and mixer at various locations throughout Illinois, according to the lawsuit.

Antonio states Raymond's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

He claims his father's disease was caused after he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers.

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

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

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

Because of Raymond'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 15-count lawsuit, Antonio seeks sums in excess of $350,000, unspecified economic damages, and compensatory damages in excess of $400,000.

He 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.

He is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper LLC in East Alton.

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