CHARLESTON - The estate of a former Armco Steel worker filed a wrongful death asbestos suit against the steel plant and 36 other companies, seeking damages after the worker died of esophageal cancer.

Mary Kathryn Black filed a suit against the companies June 6 in Kanawha Circuit Court, on behalf of her husband, Steve Black.

According to the suit, Steve Black was a steelworker at Armco Steel, where he was exposed to asbestos. While on the job, Black installed and tore out insulation, where he inhaled the deadly fibers, which caused him to develop esophageal cancer, the suit says.

Black suffered medical expenses, great pain of body and mind, embarrassment, inconvenience and loss of quality and enjoyment of life.

Mary Kathryn Black claims she and her family lost the financial support of her husband, as well as his general services, companionship and society.

In the nine-count suit, Black seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Attorney Cindy J. Kiblinger is representing Black. The case will be assigned to a visiting judge.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 08-C-1110

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