CHARLESTON - A West Virginia woman filed an asbestos lawsuit against 65 companies on behalf of the estate of a man who died of complications from an asbestos-related disease.

Vera Kane Stamper filed a suit Nov. 8 in Kanawha Circuit Court on behalf of the estate of Robert Lynn Connelley Sr.

Connelley worked around asbestos and other harmful minerals manufactured, supplied, sold, distributed and installed by the defendants. According to the suit, Connelley was not informed of the danger of asbestos or told to wear safety apparel and safety equipment.

Stamper claims the companies are negligent by not informing their employees of the dangers of asbestos, and that negligence caused Connelley to develop mesothelioma.

Because of his disease, Connelley suffered medical expenses, great pain, immense suffering, embarrassment, inconvenience and loss of quality and enjoyment of his life, the suit says.

Connelley's family also claims they suffered the loss of his general services, companionship and society, since he contracted mesothelioma, which ultimately caused his death.

In the 12-count suit, Stamper seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the estate of Connelley.

Attorney Cindy K. Kiblinger is representing Stamper. The case will be assigned to a visiting judge.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-2423

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