Wood Co. woman files asbestos suit for late father

By Cara Bailey | Oct 11, 2007

CHARLESTON - A Wood County woman has filed an asbestos lawsuit against 42 companies on behalf of her father, who died from an asbestos-related disease.

Iona J. Cole filed a suit Sept. 28 in Kanawha Circuit Court on behalf of her father, William G. Cole. The suit names 42 local and national companies as defendants.

According to the suit, Cole died July 12, 2007, of mesothelioma. He worked 37 years at Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, Alcan Rolled Products, Pechiney and Century Aluminum at the Ravenswood facility. He was a furnace operator and laborer.

As part of his job, Cole was exposed to various asbestos-containing materials. Due to the asbestos fibers and dust, he developed mesothelioma.

According to the suit, after Cole contracted mesothelioma he suffered from associated pulmonary pathologies, which caused severe and disabling effects upon his body. He also suffered shock and nervous and emotional disorders.

Iona Cole claims her father incurred medical expenses for treatment, medication and great pain, embarrassment and inconvenience.

After her father's death, Iona Cole claims she incurred a funeral bill of $5,000. In the 11-count suit, Iona Cole seeks compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of her father.

Attorney William K. Schwartz is representing Cole. The case will be assigned to a visiting judge.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-2089

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