Washington woman claims husband died from asbestos exposure

Kelly Holleran Oct. 2, 2008, 11:14am

A Washington 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.

Darcy Snow claims Danny Anderson was diagnosed with the disease June 2, and died Aug. 4, according to a lawsuit filed Oct. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Darcy says her husband worked from 1939 until 1983 as a service station attendant, busboy, US Navy recruiter, drivers license examiner and manager of field offices for the Department of Housing and Community Development at various locations, according to the lawsuit.

Darcy states Danny'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.

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

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

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

Because of Danny'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, Darcy 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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