Asbestos Lawsuit Filed After Kansas City Man Dies From Mesothelioma
Editor: Brandon West
Profession: Brayton Purcell LLP
March 01, 2007
By Brandon Smith
Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits
On February 28, 2007 the estate of Robert Briggs filed an asbestos lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court after claiming his death was wrongful and should have been prevented. Briggs, who worked for Owens Corning and Jay Wolfe Pontiac in Kansas City for many years, died from Mesothelioma on March 21, 2005. In the complaint, 94 defendant corporations have been named as responsible parties as it is believed that many of them knowingly exposed Briggs unnecessarily to asbestos containing products and fibers.
According to the stclairrecord.com:
His estate alleges that the defendants failed to exercise ordinary care and caution for his safety by including asbestos in their products, even though it was completely foreseeable and should have been anticipated that people working with or around them would inhale, ingest, or otherwise absorb great amounts of asbestos.
The estate claims the defendants intentionally or with a reckless disregard for Briggs safety:
· included asbestos in their products, when the defendants knew or should have known that the asbestos fibers would have a toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect upon her health;
· included asbestos in their products when adequate substitutions were available;
· failed to provide adequate warning to people working with and around the products of the dangers of inhaling, ingesting or otherwise absorbed fibers in them;
· failed to provide adequate instruction concerning the safe methods of working with and around asbestos products; and
· failed to conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products, manufactured, sold or delivered by the defendants in order to determine the hazards to which workers might be exposed.
The family of Briggs is seeking both compensatory damages and punitive damages from the named defendants' part in causing Briggs to contract Mesothelioma and subsequently die from it as a result.
Briggs' estate claims he had become disabled and disfigured, became liable for medical expenses, experienced great physical pain and mental anguish, and had been prevented from pursuing his normal course of employment, losing large sums of money.
Sarah Randle, the administrator of the estate, is also seeking damages claiming her brother's illness has deprived her of the companionship, society and services of her brother.
The case has been assigned to the Honorable Daniel J. Stack.
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