CHARLESTON - A St. Albans man is suing 154 companies he claims are responsible for his lung cancer diagnosis.

Richard P. Wade was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2012, according to a complaint filed June 14 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Wade claims the 154 defendants caused his lung injury.

The defendants exposed Wade to asbestos and/or asbestos-containing products during his employment, according to the suit.

Wade claims the defendants failed to advise him of the dangerous characteristics of their asbestos and asbestos-containing products; failed or omitted to provide Wade with the knowledge as to what would be reasonably safe and sufficient wearing apparel and proper protective equipment and appliance; and failed or omitted to place any warnings or sufficient warnings on their containers.

As a direct and proximate result of Wade's development of lung cancer, he suffered severe conscious physical pain and suffering and lost earnings and net accumulations, according to the suit.

Wade is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Brian A. Prim of Prim Law Firm PLLC and Michael J. Gallucci of Savinis, D'Amico & Kane LLC.

The case has been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 154 defendants in the suit include 84 Lumber Company; A.O. Smith Corporation; A.R. Wilfley & Sons Inc.; Air & Liquid Systems Corporation; Ajax Magnethermic Corporation; Allied Glove Corporation; American Electric Power Company Inc.; American-Marsh Pumps; American Optical Corporation; and Anderson Greenwood & Co.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 13-C-1132




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