CHARLESTON – An Ona couple has named 199 defendants in a lawsuit alleging asbestos exposure caused lung cancer.
Aaron J. Chapman was diagnosed with lung cancer on April 14, 2015, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Aaron Chapman and Alberta S. Chapman claim Aaron Chapman smoked from the early 1960s until 1974, but then quit.
The plaintiff was exposed to asbestos through his father’s employment from 1945 until the 1960s and was then exposed through his own employment with American Car Foundary as a steelworker from 1965 until 1981; and from Cabell County Schools, where he worked as a custodian from 1986 until 2012, according to the suit.
The Chapmans claim the defendants are being sued as product manufacturers, suppliers, installers and distributors upon theories of negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warranty, strict liability, intentional tort, conspiracy, misrepresentations by specific defendants and post-sale duty to warn.
Certain defendants are also being sued as premises owners and as Aaron Chapman’s employer for deliberate intent/intentional tort, according to the suit.
The Chapmans are seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. He is being represented by David P. Chervenick, Bruce E. Mattock and Lief J. Ocheltree of Goldberg Persky & White; and Scott S. Segal of the Segal Law Firm.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 16-C-1750