Michigan woman and husband sue over asbestos in Madison County

Kelly Holleran Oct. 28, 2008, 8:30am

A Michigan woman and her husband have filed an asbestos suit 17 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which the woman was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Carolyn S. and Dana Berry claim Carolyn was diagnosed with the disease April 25, according to a lawsuit filed Oct. 23 in Madison County Circuit Court.

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

They say Carolyn was exposed to the asbestos fibers through clothing Dana would wear home from work.

Dana worked from 1960 until 2003 as an auto mechanic, the suit states.

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

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

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

As a result, she lost large sums of money, the Berrys claim.

Because of the disease, Dana claims he has been deprived of the companionship, society and services of Carolyn.

In the six-count lawsuit, the couple is seeking sums in excess of $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $100,000, compensatory damages in excess of $100,000 and for other relief the Court deems appropriate.

They also seek punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Sprinkmann Sons Corporation and Sprinkmann Insulation, Inc. for their misconduct and to deter similarly situated parties from committing like acts in the future.

They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates in Alton and by W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell and W. Casey Harris of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston.

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Edwardsville, IL 62025

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