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Asbestos Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed

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A Tennessee woman filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit last week claiming that her husband’s death was a result of his exposure to asbestos while he was on the job. Donald Welch died of esophageal cancer in July 25. His wife is seeking $10 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.

“Even though ALCOA was familiar with reports of family member contraction of mesothelioma (asbestos-related cancer) from workers’ clothes as early as 1968 and worker contraction of mesothelioma from intermittent exposures as early as 1964, at no time did ALCOA advise Donald Welch of these risks so that he could take reasonable precautions,” according to Carolyn Welch’s suit.

Welch worked for a contractor on several occasions at ALCOA.