Mine worker claims benzene exposure in suit against nine companies

Kelly Holleran Feb. 19, 2010, 8:50am

A couple has filed a benzene suit against nine defendant corporations, claiming the myelodysplasia with which the man was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Gary and Welda Miller claim Gary Miller was diagnosed with the incurable, chronic and debilitating disease Aug. 10, 2007, according to a lawsuit filed Feb. 12 in Madison County Circuit Court.

The Millers say Gary Miller worked as a mechanic at a mine from 1972 until 2002 where he was exposed to benzene and products that contained benzene.

The Millers allege the benzene-related disease caused the couple to incur substantial medical costs. Gary Miller also experienced great physical pain and mental anguish as a result of the disease, they claim in the lawsuit.

Myelodysplasia hindered and prevented Gary Miller from pursuing his normal course of employment, according to the suit.

As a result, he lost large sums of money, the Millers claim.

In the five-count lawsuit, the Millers are seeking actual damages in excess of $375,000, plus costs, post-judgment interest and other relief the court deems appropriate.

They are represented by Jeffrey J. Lowe and Jacob A. Flint of The Lowe Law Firm in St. Louis and by Andrew J. Cross of Carey and Danis in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-165.

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