A Cherokee County woman will go before the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday to defend her lawsuit against multiple companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of asbestos products, which she claims gave her mesothelioma.
Rhonda Fields, a 44-year-old Cherokee County school teacher, has malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, an incurable form of cancer, said Jane Hansen, public information officer for the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Fields and her husband filed a products liability lawsuit against companies including Georgia-Pacific, Union Carbide Corp. and Kuhlman Electric Corp., claiming that exposure to their products throughout her life caused her cancer, Hansen said in a news release Wednesday.
The Georgia Court of Appeals sided with the Fields, and the companies in her suit are taking their appeal to the Supreme Court of Georgia for the decision to be reconsidered.
Fields claims her exposure to asbestos was during the construction of her family’s home in 1973 and 1974, when she was 4 years old and from automotive work her family performed.
She also claims to have been exposed to asbestos dust while washing her father’s clothes he wore working for Georgia Power Co., a part of her regular chores, Hansen said.
“In response to the lawsuit, each company pleaded the defense of ‘non-party fault,’ seeking to attribute fault to others who were not parties to the lawsuit, rather than to themselves,” Hansen said.
Several companies named in Fields original lawsuit, including the Ford Motor Co., have settled with her, she said.