Ohio Court System Files First Mesothelioma Wrongful Death Case

The first mesothelioma wrongful death case in Meigs County Common Pleas Court has just been filed by Charles Valentino on behalf of Margaret Valentino, who passed from the disease in August 2009.  The lawsuit names 26 different c0-defendants and is seeking a judgment alleging negligence, liability for illness and death, breach of warranty, product liability, conspiracy, concealment, and willful misconduct by the companies  responsible for Margaret Valentino’s exposure to deadly asbestos.  

Mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer, is almost always caused by asbestos and can often take from 15-40 years to manifest in a victim after the exposure.  Exposure to asbestos can cause illnesses in addition to mesothelioma, including asbestosis and other cancers. Mrs. Valentino was first diagnosed with mesothelioma in June 2009 and passed only two months later.  She has been a nurse at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Mount Carmel Health, and St. Ann’s Hospital in the late 1960’s through to the early 1970’s. 

The lawsuit alleges time spent working at these Greater Columbus hospitals exposed her to asbestos, asbestos products, or asbestos containing machinery.   Only a short time ago, asbestos was used as an ingredient in over 3,000 products because of its unique set of fundamental properties including a resistance to heat, electrical and chemical damage combined with the benefit of tensile strength.

Have you or a loved been diagnosed with mesothelioma, possibly from exposure to asbestos on the job?  A mesothelioma lawyer may be able to help with your situation.