Missourian files asbestos complaint in Madison County

Kelly Holleran Oct. 8, 2008, 4:24am

A Missouri man recently diagnosed with lung cancer has filed an asbestos suit against 105 defendant corporations, claiming the disease was wrongfully caused.

Homer Earl Farrar claims he was diagnosed with the disease June 17, according to a lawsuit filed Sept. 26 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Farrar says he worked from 1951 until 1991 as a boilermaker at various locations including Amoco/Standard Refinery in Wood River, according to the lawsuit.

Farrar states his exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

He claims his disease was caused after he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers.

Farrar alleges the asbestos-related disease has disabled and disfigured him and has and will continue to compel him to expend and become liable for large sums of money for hospital, medical, and other health and services necessary for the treatment of the disease.

Farrar also has and will continue to experience great physical pain and mental anguish as a result of the disease, he claims in the lawsuit.

Lung cancer hindered and prevented Farrar from pursuing his normal course of employment, according to the suit.

As a result, he lost large sums of money, he claims.

In the nine-count lawsuit, Farrar seeks sums in excess of $300,000, compensatory damages in excess of $225,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

He also seeks punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants for their misconduct and to deter similarly situated parties from committing like acts of misconduct in the future.

He is represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. Fitzgerald of O'Brien Law Firm.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-877.

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