After the death of her father due to an asbestos-related illness, a Tulsa, Oklahoma woman filed an asbestos lawsuit last week at the St. Clair County Circuit Court. A total of 21 defendants have been named.
According to court documents, Nicole Lockett, on behalf of her deceased father, Randall Lockett Sr., states in her complaint that her father developed malignant mesothelioma due to excessive exposure to asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). During his time in the military Randall worked on the Minutemen and MX Missile, as well as at ICBM, repairing silos. While repairing the silo, he came into constant contact with ACMs, yet was never warned of the dangers associated with asbestos exposure.
The lawsuit goes on to state that not only should the defendants have known about the dangers of asbestos, but also that they did not show appropriate care and caution to the victim. Consequently, he suffered from disfigurement and impairment due to asbestos exposure. He was eventually diagnosed with mesothelioma, and went through extreme mental and physical trauma. Randall’s medical bills mounted up to exorbitant amounts, and due to his physical limitations caused by asbestos exposure, he was unable to continue his employment, resulting in mounting bills he had no means to pay.
Although the names of all of the defendants have not yet been made public, they are all corporations, which according to the lawsuit, all played a part in the demise of Randall Lockett Sr. As a result, Nicole Lockett is seeking compensatory damages of over $200,000, a judgement of more than $50,000 and an undisclosed amount for punitive damages.
Sadly, cases such as the Lockett case are becoming more and more common as victims of asbestos exposure develop life-threatening illnesses. In fact, experts suggest that these types of lawsuits will only increase as more and more victims are diagnosed, even after more than 20 years since they’ve worked around asbestos. Over $30 million in trust funds have been set aside for mesothelioma victims.
Remember, if you or a loved one have suffered from an asbestos-related disease because of the negligence and carelessness of another party, you may be entitled to damages, including but not limited to:
- Lost wages
- Medical Expenses
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Travel expenses related to the disease
- Burial expenses (if applicable)
- Loss of consortium
For more information and to understand your legal rights and options, it’s important to retain the services of a qualified asbestos lawyer who understands the intricacies of these types of cases. To get started, contact our leading asbestos attorneys today for a no-obligation legal evaluation.