A Lawrence County, Ohio woman has named 83 companies in her asbestos lawsuit. Naomi J. Belville claims her husband, Bernard C. Belville, was diagnosed with lung cancer as a result of his career long exposure to asbestos.
Bernard C. Belville worked as an insulator at Local 80 in West Virginia for 26 years, where he was exposed to many asbestos-containing products. As a result of his condition, Bernard died on June 20, 2008.
Asbestos is a highly hazardous material known to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Mesotheliomais the most aggressive asbestos-related disease, known to affect nearly 3,000 Americans each year. The disease most commonly forms from the pleura–the internal lining of the chest cavity.
Due to a latency period of 10 to 50 years, mesothelioma doctors struggle to diagnose patients in the early stages of their disease. Due to patients’ late diagnosis, they are often faced with short life expectancy periods.
Naomi J. Belville has charged the defendants with negligence for manufacturing, distributing and supplying asbestos products. Naomi also claims that the 83 defendants failed to warn her husband of the dangers involved with asbestos.
Naomi is seeking compensatory and punitive damages from the defendants. She is being represented by William K. Schwartz, reports The West Virginia Record.
The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.