Huntington man names 80 companies in asbestos suit

Special Metals is located in Huntington. It formerly was known as Huntington Alloys and INCO.

CHARLESTON - A Huntington man has filed an asbestos suit against 80 companies, claiming he came down with a deadly lung disease after being exposed to asbestos for 35 years.

Richard Hynus filed a suit March 31 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the companies, which includes Huntington Alloys, formerly known as INCO.

Hynus worked as an electrician at Huntington Alloys from 1952 to 1987. He was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma Feb. 4, 2008.

According to the suit, Hynus was exposed to asbestos fibers, which he inhaled while working at Huntington Alloy. Because of the exposure, he contracted mesothelioma, which was not diagnosed until 2008.

Joann Hynus, also a plaintiff in the suit, claims she has suffered the loss of general services, companionship and society. Richard Hynus claims he has suffered and sustained severe illness and injury to his person, which has forced him to obtain medical treatment and incur medical expenses.

In the 12-count suit, the plaintiffs seek compensatory and punitive damages.

Attorney Victoria L. Antion is representing the Hynuses. The case will be assigned to a visiting judge.

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