Marerro woman files asbestos suit related to second hand exposure

Kyle Barnett Jun. 28, 2012, 4:13am

NEW ORLEANS – A Marrero woman has filed an asbestos exposure suit against multiple defendants for allegedly contributing to her secondhand exposure to asbestos.

Jereiana H. Relf filed suit against Asbestos Corporation Limited et al in the New Orleans Civil District Court on May 31. Relf claims that at least 13 miners, manufacturers, sellers or handlers of asbestos products should be held responsible for her exposure to injurious levels of asbestos.

The plaintiff alleges that asbestos fibers were introduced to household exposure from her uncles, father and husband who all worked with asbestos materials. In addition, Relf claims that her neighborhood as a whole was exposed to asbestos materials via asbestos-containing scrap material in close proximity.

The defendants are accused of knowingly exposing her to carcinogenic materials that resulted in her diagnosis of mesothelioma in March 2012.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical costs, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of quality of life and disability.

Relf is represented by David R. Cannella of New Orleans-based Landry, Swarr & Cannella, LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division J Judge Paula A. Brown.

Case number 2012-05415.

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