Rhode Island woman files asbestos complaint in Madison County

Kelly Holleran Oct. 7, 2008, 7:42am

A Rhode Island woman has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of her recently deceased husband against 58 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which he was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Louise Warszawski claims John Warszawski was diagnosed with the disease May 28, 2005, and died Sept. 26, 2006, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 26 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Louise says her husband worked from 1945 until 1989 as a fireman, laborer and assembly line laborer at various locations throughout Illinois, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, according to the lawsuit.

Louise states John'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.

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

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

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

Because of John'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 11-count lawsuit, Louise seeks sums in excess of $300,000 and compensatory damages in excess of $2500,000.

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 John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper LLC in East Alton.

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