Washington woman files suit over mesothelioma

Kelly Holleran Oct. 8, 2008, 8:00am

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

Susie Powell claims she was diagnosed with the disease July 8, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 29 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Powell says she has worked since 1961 until now as a glass figurine maker and auto salvage worker, according to the lawsuit.

Her family member, James Duman, worked from the 1950s until the 1960s as a laborer at various locations, the suit states.

Powell claims she was exposed to asbestos fibers because Duman would carry them home with him on his clothing.

Powell 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.

Powell alleges the asbestos-related disease has disabled and disfigured her and has and will continue to compel her to expend and become liable for large sums of money for hospital, medical, and other health and services necessary for the treatment of the disease.

Powell 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 Powell 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, Powell 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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