Asbestos case filed against man's employer from over 40 years ago

Kyle Barnett Jul. 30, 2012, 12:00am

Marcia Finkelstein

NEW ORLEANS – A Jefferson Parish man has filed suit against his former employers, in addition to other defendants, claiming they subjected him to asbestos exposure.

Roy Thomas Blanchard filed suit against Huntington Ingalls Incorporated, Eagle, Inc., Reilly-Benton Company, Inc. and The McCarty Corporation and Bayer Cropscience in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 12.

Blanchard claims that Huntington Ingalls, in addition to other asbestos suppliers and distributors, are responsible for his exposure and subsequent diagnosis in May 2012 of mesothelioma. The plaintiff alleges he was exposed to asbestos fibers over a two year period when he was an electrician at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard, known as Avondale, from February 1969 through March 1971.

The defendants are accused of negligence by allowing its workers to be exposed to asbestos fibers with the knowledge the practice was dangerous.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical and mental pain and suffering, fear of dying, loss of enjoyment of life and medical and other related expenses.

Blanchard is represented by Marcia Finkelstein of the New Orleans-based Gertler Law Firm, LLP.

The case has been assigned to Division L Judge Kern A. Reese.

Case no. 2012-06782.

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