Wisconsinite sues 31 companies for asbestos-related disease

Kelly Holleran Oct. 2, 2008, 11:16am

A Wisconsin man and his wife have filed an asbestos suit against 31 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which the man was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Amado Torres-Padron and Laurentina Torres claim Amado was diagnosed with the disease in June, according to a lawsuit filed Oct. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court.

They say Amado worked from 1945 until the mid 1990s as a railroad worker, ranch hand and foundry worker throughout Texas, Illinois, Kansas and Wisconsin.

They state Amado's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

They claim his disease was caused after he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers.

The couple alleges the asbestos-related disease disabled and disfigured Amado and has caused substantial medical costs. Amado also has and will continue to experience physical pain and mental anguish, they claim in the lawsuit.

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

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

Because of the disease, Laurentina claims she has been deprived of Amado's support, devotion, care, society and consortium.

In the four-count lawsuit, the couple is seeking sums in excess of $50,000, punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $100,000, compensatory damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs.

They are represented by Richard L. Saville, Jr., Robert J. Evola, Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Alton.

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