Whitney Brakken Dec. 6, 2013, 2:05pm

The estate of a former mechanical engineer is suing over claims repeated exposure to asbestos resulted in mesothelioma and death.

Joyceline Kriesmer, as special administrator of the Estate of John D. Kriesmer, filed an asbestos suit Nov. 27 in the Cook County Circuit Court against A.W. Chesterton Co. and others.

According to the suit, John Kriesmer worked in various capacities, including as mechanical engineer, from 1944 until 1981, during which time he was exposed to asbestos containing products.

The plaintiff contends the defendants were negligent and knew or should have known that asbestos could cause injury or death. She claims John developed mesothelioma as a result of the asbestos exposure, which ultimately led to his death on April 1.

Joyceline Kriesmer is asking for damages in excess of jurisdictional minimums, plus costs and is being represented by Chicago law firm Daniel T. Ryan of Cooney and Conway.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2013L013582.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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