Louisiana Man Sues Over Wrongful Mesothelioma Death

Mesothelioma is often caused by long term exposure to asbestos. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against multiple companies in the mesothelioma death of a man who had been exposed to asbestos more than 30 years before his passing, according to the Louisiana Record.

Michael Grant, a representative of the succession of the deceased Milan Arthur Barackman, named companies such as Foster Wheeler, General Electric Co. and Viacom Inc, among others, as defendants in the lawsuit, the news source reports.

The plaintiff claims Barackman had been exposed to asbestos while aboard U.S. Navy vessels from 1966 until the late 1970s. The media outlet said he was allegedly exposed as a result of asbestos dust found on the USS Rehobath, the USNS Albert J. Meyer, the USNS Flyer, the USNS Kingsport and the Sgt. Alfred Schoup.

Barackman was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and succumbed to it soon afterward, although the source did not specify his date of death. The defendants are accused of producing an unreasonably dangerous product, strict products liability, defective design and breach of implied and expressed warranties.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the layer of cells lining the body's internal organs, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance reports. Long-term exposure to asbestos and inhalation of asbestos particles typically causes the disease.