A Tennessee man has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of a recently deceased Alabama man against 54 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which the Alabamian was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Joseph N. Pryor claims Charles D. Tucker was diagnosed with the disease in October 2007 and died Feb. 1, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 12 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Pryor says Tucker worked from the 1960s through the 1980s as a construction worker and mechanic at various locations, according to the lawsuit.

Pryor states Tucker's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

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

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

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

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

Because of Tucker'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 three-count lawsuit, Pryor seeks sums in excess of $100,000 and punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $50,000.

He is represented by Richard L. Saville, Robert J. Evola, Ethan A. Flint and David Page of Saville, Evola & Flint in Alton.

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