Robert Cooper, a former auto worker and mechanic whose labor and sweat helped to build America, thereby making the existence of an investor class even possible, deserves better than to die of pleural mesothelioma.
He has filed a suit in Madison County, Michigan, alleging that the defendants had known, or should have known, of the dangers of the asbestos fibers to which he was exposed over the years. According to the complaint, “… the plaintiff’s exposure and inhalation, ingestion or absorption of the asbestos fibers was completely foreseeable and could or should have been anticipated by the defendants.” Furthermore, Cooper’s suit alleges that the defendants used asbestos in their products even though substitutes were readily available. In addition, Cooper claims that he has requested documentation and information from the defendants on the use of asbestos in their products.
The lack of response has led him to believe that the corporate defendants named in the complaint have destroyed such documents. This in turn has made it more difficult for him to gather the evidence needed in order to prove liability on the part of all defendants. Because health care is regarded as a privilege in the U.S. that must be purchased at high cost from for-profit, insurance corporations who are able to pick and choose who and what they will cover, Robert Cooper now must seek compensation for crippling medical expenses on top of lost income as his disease prevents him from “pursuing his normal course of employment.” Cooper is seeking $550,000 in compensatory damages, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, willful negligence and destruction of evidence. In addition, he is seeking punitive damages against the defendants. According to the complaint this “… is appropriate and necessary in order to punish the defendants for willful, wanton, intentional and reckless misconduct and to deter them and others from engaging in like misconduct in the future.”