A lawsuit recently filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court alleges many former employers of over 50 years are all responsible for a man's recently diagnosed mesothelioma.
Roger Klibert filed suit against numerous employers throughout his varied work history including Avondale Shipyard, Shell Oil Company, DuPont, and American Oil, as well as associated insurance companies and asbestos producers and suppliers.
The suit says all named employers dating back to 1946 are liable for introducing Klibert to carcinogenic materials throughout his career.
The case alleges those former employers negligently and/or intentionally exposed him to asbestos and other toxic substances. Those named are also accused of concealing necessary medical information regarding asbestos exposure and not revealing the dangers inherent in handling asbestos and other hazardous materials.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount in damages related to physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and lifestyle, reduction in life expectancy, loss of income and earning capacity, loss of fringe benefits, future medical expenses, loss of personal services, cost of care and assistance, costs of custodial care, increased insurance costs and penalties for the humiliation, frustration and inconvenience caused by the defendants.
Klibert is represented by LaPlace attorney Gerolyn P. Roussel, of the Roussel and Clement Law Firm, who has requested a jury by trial.
The case has been assigned to Division E Judge Madeline M. Landrieu.