Suit says woman died from cleaning husband's 'asbestos-laden' clothes

By Cara Bailey | Oct 26, 2007

CHARLESTON - A Florida woman has filed an asbestos lawsuit against 13 companies, on behalf of the estate of a woman who died from an asbestos-related disease.

Luwanna Sue Lariscy filed a suit Oct. 15 in Kanawha Circuit Court, on behalf of Olive Mae Murphy. According to the suit, Murphy was exposed to asbestos repeatedly while cleaning the "asbestos-laden" clothes of her husband, Orla Doak.

Doak worked at UB West Virginia, Inc., formerly known as Union Boiler Company and Vimasco Corporation, from 1949 to 1962 and 1966 to 1979.

According to the suit, Doak's clothes were contaminated with asbestos dust, manufactured, distributed, supplied, installed and created by the use of machinery intended to grind asbestos-containing friction products.

Murphy contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to the asbestos. She ultimately died from her illness.

In the seven-count suit, Lariscy seeks compensatory and punitive damages for Murphy's estate.

Attorney Brian Alan Prim is representing Lariscy. The case will be assigned to a visiting judge.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-2195

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