A Kentucky woman and her husband have filed an asbestos suit against 96 defendant corporations, claiming the mesothelioma with which the woman was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.
Roberta and Joseph Stamper claim Roberta was diagnosed with the disease this month, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 12 in Madison County Circuit Court.
They say Roberta was exposed to the asbestos through several of Joseph's home remodeling and car projects.
Joseph worked as a truck driver for his own business from the 1950s through the 1990s.
They state Roberta's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.
They claim her disease was caused after she was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers.
The Stampers allege the asbestos-related disease disabled and disfigured Roberta and has caused substantial medical costs. Roberta also has and will continue to experience physical pain and mental anguish, they claim in the lawsuit.
Mesothelioma hindered and prevented Roberta from pursuing her normal course of employment, according to the suit.
As a result, she lost large sums of money, the Stampers claim.
Because of the disease, Joseph claims she has been deprived of the companionship, society and services of Roberta.
In the 11-count lawsuit, the couple is seeking sums in excess of $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $100,000, economic damages in excess of $200,000, compensatory damages in excess of $150,000, costs of the suit and for other relief the Court deems appropriate.
They also seek punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Ferris Kimball Company, LLC, Sprinkmann Sons Corporation, Sprinkmann Insulation, Inc., and Young Insulation Group of St. Louis 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.