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Family of deceased woman allegedly exposed to asbestos used as driveway filler sues

By Louisiana Record reports | Dec 17, 2013

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GRETNA – The husband and son of a woman who allegedly died from lung cancer due to asbestos exposure is suing over her death.

Mark Hennessey and Jude Gattuso filed suit against Burmaster Land & Development Company LLC, Zurich Insurance Company, Asbestos Corporation and Southern Talc in the 24th Judicial District Court on Nov. 27.

Hennessey and Gattuso assert Betty Hennessey contracted mesothelioma due to direct exposure to asbestos groundfill material mined and milled by Asbestos Corp. and delivered by Burmaster Land and Development LLC in areas near the home in Gretna from 1950 to 1961. The plaintiffs allege that during the time Betty Hennessey lived in the area Burmaster Land and Development LLC crushed concrete pipe containing asbestos to make ground fill material that was used in area driveways and that asbestos-laden dust inside was spread throughout the neighborhood and into her home. Hennessey and Gattuso claim that Betty Hennessey's exposure to asbestos directly related to her death from mesothelioma on May 19.

The defendant is accused of failing to warn, product liability and selling unreasonably dangerous materials.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, physical disability, mental pain and suffering, loss of benefits and loss of enjoyment of life.

Hennessey and Gattuso are represented by Roshawn H. Donahue of New Orleans-based Martzell & Bickford.

The case has been assigned to Division G Judge Robert A. Pitre Jr.

Case no. 733-373.

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