The widow of a seventy nine year old man who died from asbestos related health problems has filed a lawsuit against sixty nine defendant companies, claiming it was these companies that were responsible for her late husband’s untimely death. The lawsuit was filed several weeks ago in Kanawha Circuit Court.

According to court papers David Knotts was diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma in May of this year, and within a week of his diagnosis he was dead. His widow, Lily Knotts, then decided to file the lawsuit for wrongful death due to the fact that he had contracted a disease linked with long term or high level exposure to asbestos dust and fibers.

The papers also state that between 1940 and 1993 Mr Knott was employed by Weirton Steel, where he undertook a range of roles. It was here that he was allegedly exposed to asbestos, a potentially deadly carcinogenic, which ultimately resulted in him contracting the cancer.

The lawsuit stated that the defendants were aware of the dangers that exposure to asbestos caused, but failed to take the necessary action to either warn or protect employees so that they could avoid the deadly exposure.

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