Woman files second suit over deceased man's asbestos exposure

Kelly Holleran Jul. 9, 2009, 2:59am


A woman has filed suit against 37 companies, alleging a man died from a malignant disease after his exposure to asbestos.

Lois C. Gallien, executrix of the estate of Cecil R. Gallien, filed a lawsuit June 26 in Jefferson County District Court against the companies.

Lois Gallien says Cecil Gallien already settled claims for a non-malignant asbestos related disease with at least one of the defending companies. However, she filed the June complaint because Cecil Gallien died from a different malignant asbestos-related disease than what he was awarded money for.

When he was alive, Cecil Gallien worked as an operator, where he was exposed to asbestos and asbestos containing products and materials, according to the complaint.

Before his death, Cecil Gallien experienced physical pain, suffering, mental anguish, lost wages, disfigurement and physical impairment and incurred medical bills, the complaint says.
Because of Cecil Gallien's death, Lois Gallien says she incurred funeral bills and experienced a loss of consortium.

The defending companies negligently failed to test their products prior to their entrance into the stream of commerce and sold products that were unreasonably dangerous, the suit states.

They also failed to adequately warn of the dangers of asbestos exposure and failed to provide adequate protection to Cecil Gallien, the complaint says.

Lois Gallien is seeking actual and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems just.

Bryan O. Blevins Jr. of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: B184-400.

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