NEW ORLEANS – The widow of a deceased New Orleans man is suing several large corporations over his death alleging they negligently exposed him to asbestos that eventually led to his contraction of cancer and ultimate demise.

Kathy Burmaster, individually and on behalf of her deceased husband Raymond J. Burmaster filed suit against Anco Insulations Inc., Eagle Inc., The McCarty Corporation, Commercial Union Insurance Company, Union Carbide Corporation, Reilly-Benton Company Inc., Taylor-Seidenbach Inc., Owens-Illinois Inc., Certainteed and Georgia Pacific LLC in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Nov. 4, 2014.

The plaintiff claims that her husband died on Nov. 7, 2013, due to injuries suffered as a result of asbestos-related mesothelioma caused by repeated asbestos exposure between 1954 and 1986. The exposure is claimed to have begun at a young age with the decedent’s father bringing home the material on his work clothes and continued through much of the decedent’s work career. The plaintiff alleges that the conduct of each defendant was a substantial contributing factor in causing the injuries and death of the decedent and that each defendant should have known that its individual actions would combine to cause the injuries sustained by the plaintiff's husband.

The defendants are accused of repeated gross negligence resulting in the injuries sustained allegedly by the plaintiff and decedent.

The plaintiff seeks an unspecified amount in damages for the decedents physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, funeral and burial expenses and lost earnings.

The plaintiff is represented by J. Burton Leblanc IV and Denyse Finn Clancy of Baton Rouge-based law firm Baron & Budd.

This case has been assigned to Division I Judge Piper D. Griffin

Case no. 2014-10653.

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