Three new asbestos lawsuits were recently filed in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. After being diagnosed with mesothelioma in October, Juan Rivera filed a lawsuit against Avondale Industries, Inc. for exposure to asbestos between 1966 and 1974 during the course of his employment with the company. Avondale Industries is accused of reckless and willful negligence and failure to provide a safe working environment. Rivera also named 32 additional defendants who purportedly sold, manufactured or distributed the asbestos to which he was exposed. Rivera claims all of the named defendants were negligent in their handling of asbestos which resulted in his exposure and subsequent cancer. Rivera also alleges the defendants failed to warn him, failed to adequately inspect and test asbestos products, failed to report the results of medical product tests truthfully, and failed to package the products appropriately. Rivera seeks compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, disability, and other damages.
After a recent mesothelioma diagnosis, a second plaintiff, Roger Klibert, filed a lawsuit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court against most of his former employers dating all of the way back to 1946. Klibert is seeking damages from Avondale Shipyard, Shell Oil Company, DuPont, American Oil, and several asbestos manufacturers and distributors for negligently or intentionally exposing him to asbestos. He has also accused the defendants of concealing the dangers of handling asbestos from him. Klibert has asked the court to award monetary damages for physical and mental pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, and other costs.
On December 8th, Harold Guarino also filed suit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court against Avondale Shipyards and several other defendants who manufactured or sold asbestos products. Guarino claims he developed mesothelioma as a result of negligence on the part of defendants during the course of his employment more than 30 years ago. He alleges his cancer resulted from breathing asbestos fibers in the air after defendants failed to provide proper safeguards and acted with indifference to his welfare and safety. Guarino is seeking compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer believed to be caused by exposure to asbestos. It frequently occurs in shipyard or construction workers, miners, and employees in other industries where asbestos was commonly used. Due to the time it takes for exposure to result in symptoms and a diagnosis, it is often difficult for mesothelioma victims to determine exactly when they were exposed to asbestos. The costs associated with mesothelioma treatment are often quite high. A mesothelioma victim may be eligible for compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and his or her family may be eligible for death benefits. A personal injury attorney with experience representing mesothelioma patients can assist you with evaluating the facts of your case.
If you were recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, a qualified personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. J. Price McNamara, a Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer, represents clients throughout Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, Metairie, New Orleans, Lafayette, and Mandeville. To speak with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer, call J. Price McNamara today at (866) 248-0580 or contact him through his website.
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