Estate claims asbestos killed Indiana man

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 20, 2008, 3:45am

The estate of Richard Kelley of Indiana has filed an asbestos complaint against 13 defendant corporations, alleging his asbestos exposure caused him to develop mesothelioma that ultimately caused his death.

Kelley's estate is represented by Robert Phillips, Nicholas Angelides, John Barnerd and Perry Browder of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. His estate filed the lawsuit Aug. 15 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Kelley's estate claims he was employed from 1958 to 1991 as personnel manager and plant manager at various locations. Kelley was diagnosed with mesothelioma Sept 15, 2005, the same day of his death.

His estate claims the defendants failed to exercise ordinary care and caution for his safety by including asbestos in their products when adequate substitutes were available.

The estate alleges that prior to his death, Kelley's disease disabled and disfigured him, suffered great physical pain and mental anguish and caused large sums of medical expenses.

Kelley's daughter, Florence Kelley, is the administrator of his estate. She is seeking a judgment in excess of $100,000.

Madison County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Stack handles all asbestos cases in the county.

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