Dan Harkins Jul. 22, 2015, 12:43pm

A longtime worker is suing more than 20 businesses, alleging asbestos exposure from birth until retirement.

Robert J. Koohy filed a lawsuit July 17 in Cook County Circuit Court against more than 20 businesses, alleging personal exposure and secondary exposure.

According to the complaint, between 1961 and 1978, Koohy worked at various jobs that brought him into contact with asbestos-containing products used, made, marketed or transported by the defendants. The suit says he had secondary exposure through his father from 1942 to 1961, and while in the Navy from 1961 to 1978.

On Aug. 18, 2014, the lawsuit states, Koohy learned he'd contracted mesothelioma, an asbestos-related disease. 

Koohy seeks damages in excess of the court's jurisdictional limits, plus costs. He is represented by attorney Timothy G. Martin of Cooney and Conway in Chicago. 

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007283.

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