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Asbestos Victim Seeks Damages

Betty Ruth Rhodes, a woman who developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos fibers, has filed a lawsuit against 65 companies on January 6.

According to the complaint filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Rhodes was regularly exposed to asbestos products during her employment.

The lawsuit doesn’t specify where the plaintiff resides.

Rhodes worked a laborer at 3 different Illinois companies from 1958 to 1990. She says she also suffered secondary exposure to asbestos as her husband and father brought the substance home through their work clothes. Rhodes’ father was a laborer and husband was a millwright, according to the complaint.

Rhodes alleges the companies used asbestos in their products though they knew or should have known that the material can cause cancer.

The plaintiff became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical expenses on account of her fatal disease. She is suffering from immense physical pain and metal anguish, the complaint says.

Rhodes is no longer able to pursue her normal course of employment because of her fatal disease, according to the suit.

The nine-count complaint filed by Rhodes seeks a judgment of more than $50,000. Rhodes is also asking for punitive damages and other relief to which she might be entitled.