Local asbestos suit blames 82 defendants for man's death

Kelly Holleran Mar. 26, 2009, 10:00am

Lou Thompson Black

A woman has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of her recently deceased husband against 82 defendant corporations, alleging the asbestos-related disease from which he died was wrongfully caused.

Alfredene Surgers claims Joseph Wayne Surgers died after he was exposed to asbestos fibers through his work.

Surgers' suit was filed March 23 in Jefferson County District Court and alleges the defendant companies knew the asbestos fibers were dangerous and could result in death,but did nothing to warn their employees of the risks.

Some of the 82 defendants in the suit are AW Chesterton, Able Supply, Aerojet General, Ametek, AO Smith, Aqua-Chem, Asbestos Corp., Babcock, Bechtel, Bondex, Carrier, Certainteed, Conoco-Phillips, Crane Co., Crown Cork & Seal, Daimler Chrysler, Fisher Controls, Flowserve, Fluro, Ford, Garlock Sealing, GM, Georgia Pacific, Goodyear, HB Zachary, Hilton Hotels, Ingersoll-Rand, Kaiser Gypsum, Kelly-Moore Paint, Metropolitan Life, Owens-Illinois, Texaco, Union Carbide, Uniroyal and Zurn Industries.

Before his death, Joseph Wayne Surgers experienced physical pain, suffering, mental anguish and disfigurement, the suit states.

Alfredene Surgers claims she incurred medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, lost earnings, the loss of Joseph Wayne Surgers care, maintenance, support, advice, counsel, companionship, society and consortium and experienced mental anguish.

Alfredene Surgers is seeking unspecified general, special, exemplary and punitive damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to which she may be entitled.

Lou Thompson Black, Hillary G. Reagin and Jason Lloyd Cansler of Brent Coon and Associates in Houston will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B183-603.

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