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West Virginia couple files mesothelioma lawsuit

April 10th, 2007

A West Virginia couple has filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against 56 state, national and international companies. Charles and Beatrice Coffman allege that he developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure that occurred during his time working as a pipefitter.

Mr. Coffman worked at several industrial sites in West Virginia from 1952 until 2004 as a member of a local pipefitters’ union. In his mesothelioma lawsuit, he says that during his time working at 16 plants he was exposed to asbestos fibers, which led to his mesothelioma diagnosis.

The mesothelioma lawsuit alleges that Coffman was unaware of the dangers of asbestos exposure during the time he worked around it. He alleges that neither the companies which owned the plants or which manufactured the asbestos products used at them warned employees about the dangers of asbestos exposure. The Coffmans are seeking unspecified damages from the 56 companies named in their mesothelioma lawsuit for the physical and mental suffering caused by his mesothelioma symptoms.

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos which can strike the abdomen, heart or lungs. Asbestos was once frequently used for insulation in homes and buildings before the link between mesothelioma and asbestos was widely recognized. It can take as long as 50 years after asbestos exposure before a person begins to display mesothelioma symptoms.

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