Georgia man sues 128 companies over father's mesothelioma

Kelly Holleran Oct. 28, 2008, 6:00am

A Georgia man has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of his recently deceased father against 128 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which his dad was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Charles Richard Snellings II claims Charles R. Snellings was diagnosed with the disease April 6, 2006, and died on April 15, 2007, according to a lawsuit filed Oct. 22 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Charles II says his father worked from 1956 until 2001 as an industrial painter at various locations, according to the lawsuit.

Charles II states his father's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

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

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

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

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

Because of Charles'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 addition, Charles II and other family members have been deprived of Charles's companionship, society and services.

In the 11-count lawsuit, Charles II seeks sums in excess of $150,000, economic damages in excess of $200,000 and compensatory damages in excess of $150,000.

He also seeks punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Ferris Kimball Company, Sprinkmann Sons Corporation, Sprinkmann Insulation and Young Insulation Group of St. Louis for their misconduct and to deter similarly situated parties from committing like acts of misconduct in the future.

He is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short in Edwardsville.

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