Wisconsin assembly line worker files asbestos suit

Kelly Holleran Sep. 22, 2008, 8:36am

A Wisconsin woman recently diagnosed with mesothelioma filed an asbestos suit against 13 defendant corporations claiming the disease was wrongfully caused.

Linda Lyon claims she was diagnosed with the disease Aug. 16, 2002, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 16 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Lyon says she from 1978 until 2006 as an assembly line worker, dashboard hanger and packager at various locations, according to the lawsuit.

She claims a family member, Williams Rommel, Jr., worked from 1966 until 1994 as an iron worker at various locations and would bring the asbestos fibers home on his clothing, where Lyon was exposed to them.

Lyon states her exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

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

Lyon alleges the asbestos-related disease has disabled and disfigured her and has forced her to pay for medical expenses. Lyon also has and will continue to experience great physical pain and mental anguish as a result of the disease, she claims in the lawsuit.

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

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

In the two-count lawsuit, Lyon seeks sums in excess of $50,000 and compensatory damages in excess of $50,000.

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 Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmonscooper LLC in East Alton.

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