PARSONS (AP) — The son of a Tucker County employee who died after inhaling dust from a construction project has filed a wrongful death lawsuit and wants the courthouse closed.
The Inter-Mountain says Paul Wamsley Jr.’s mother, Virginia, died May 2 after developing pneumonia and undergoing several hospitalizations.
The circuit court lawsuit says she had a pre-existing lung condition but was stable, otherwise healthy and working in the assessor’s office when she was exposed in March.
The lawsuit accuses Fairmont-based G.A. Brown & Son Inc. of negligence for cutting a hole for an elevator in the courthouse but failing to contain allegedly toxic dust.
Brown didn’t immediately respond to a message Monday, and the county administrator’s office refused comment.
Messages for the three county commissioners and assessor weren’t immediately returned.