Florida woman sues over husband's mesothelioma death

Kelly Holleran Oct. 2, 2008, 11:12am

A Florida woman has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of her recently deceased husband against 13 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which he was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Delilah Wilshusen claims Ronald Wilshusen was diagnosed with the disease March 21, 2006, and died Aug. 23, according to a lawsuit filed Oct. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Delilah says her husband worked from 1959 until 2006 as a mechanic, machinist, heavy equipment mechanic, maintenance worker and auto parts salesman at various locations, according to the lawsuit.

Delilah states Ronald'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.

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

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

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

Because of Ronald'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 two-count lawsuit, Delilah 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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