NEW ORLEANS – A former electrician is suing numerous companies over his contraction of lung cancer he claims is related to his workplace exposure to asbestos.

Charles Carrone filed suit against Asbestos Corporation Ltd., Eagle Inc., Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation, McCarty Corporation, Maryland Casualty Company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Owens Illinois Inc., Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Ownes Ilinois Inc., Reilly-Benton Company, Taylor Seidenbach Inc., Taylor-Seidenbach Inc., General Electric and Boland Machine & Manufacturing Company in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on July 16.

Carrone claims to have been exposed to injurious levels of asbestos while working as an electrician from 1950-1979. He claims he was exposed to asbestos while handling products on United Fruit Company vessels at the New Orleans Riverfront, while working at Evans Cooperage and while providing maintenance to boilers at Coca-Cola.

The plaintiff also claims that he contracted lung cancer as a direct result to exposure to asbestos.

The defendant is accused of using  products that are unreasonably dangerous, failing to sufficiently warn of the hazards these products would present, failing to properly design these products when the nature of the product did not require use of asbestos mineral and defects in the composition and construction of products.

An un specified amount in damages is sought for medical costs, lost earnings, mental suffering, anguish, pain and suffering and disability.

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

The case has been assigned to division M Judge Paulette R. Irons.

Case no. 2013-6657.

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