Couple alleges wife suffers from asbestos-related mesothelioma

By Dan Harkins | Jul 15, 2015

A couple is suing nearly a dozen businesses, alleging the wife contracted an asbestos-related disease during the course of various auto repairs.

Nancy L. Surita and Rojelio Surita filed a lawsuit July 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against more than a dozen auto repair-related businesses, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, from the 1980s to 2000, Nancy Surita performed her own vehicle maintenance, such as removing and replacing her brakes, and worked in proximity of asbestos-containing tractors and trailers, as well as "Duralast brakes, Caterpillar transmissions, Cummins engines, Eaton truck brakes, Pneumo Abex brakes" and other auto parts supplied by Autozone Inc., Advance Auto Parts, Blain Supply and O'Reilly Automotive Stores. The suit says she also came into contact with asbestos fibers produced by Union Carbide.

The lawsuit states on May 28, she learned she'd contracted malignant mesothelioma, an asbestos-related disease. Nancy Surita alleges negligence and Rojelio Surita, alleges loss of consortium.

The couple seeks damages in excess of the court's jurisdictional limits, plus costs. They are represented by attorneys Robert N. Wadington of Robert N. Wadington and Associates in Chicago, and Gemma Geleoto of Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Bartlett in Dallas.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L006799.

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