CHARLESTON - Thirty companies are named as defendants in a suit filed by a man who claims their negligence caused him to become ill.

Michael Ray Blake filed the suit Dec. 13 in Kanawha Circuit Court, claiming he was exposed to asbestos and other harmful dust while working for FMC Corporation.

According to the suit, Blake worked with asbestos and asbestos-containing products. He claims he breathed in the asbestos and other harmful dusts created by the use of the harsh mineral, and developed asbestos-related lung cancer.

Blake claims the defendants knew or should have known that the use of their products and asbestos materials would cause serious lung disease and cancer, and knowing the same, failed to make reasonable precautions to warn Blake of the dangers he was exposed to.

Blake claims he suffered damages of body and mind, distress, embarrassment, inconvenience, loss of wages and earning capacity, economic loss, medical bills, loss of quality and enjoyment of life and a fear of cancer recurrence.

In the nine-count suit, Blake seeks to be fully compensated for his injuries, and receive punitive damages.

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

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-2667

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