Virginian files asbestos case in St. Clair County

Kelly Holleran Jul. 6, 2010, 8:47am


Another asbestos lawsuit has been added to the growing list of cases in St. Clair County's asbestos docket.

Donna Stinson of Virginia filed the 15th asbestos lawsuit of the year in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

She is represented by Jeffrey J. Lowe of The Lowe Law Firm in St. Louis.

In her complaint filed June 4, Donna Stinson alleges 98 defendant companies caused her recently deceased husband, Gerald P. Stinson, to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

Gerald P. Stinson worked as a boilermaker from 1963 until 2001, according to the complaint.

The defendants should have known of the harmful effects of asbestos, but failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the plaintiffs' or their deceased relative's safety, the suit states.

As a result of his asbestos-related diseases, Gerald P. Stinson became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaint says. In addition, he became prevented from pursuing his normal course of employment and, as a result, lost large sums of money that would have accrued to him, Donna Stinson claims.

Because of Gerald P. Stinson's death, Donna Stinson and her children have been deprived of his love, services, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training and support, according to the complaint.

In her nine-count complaint, Donna Stinson is seeking a judgment of more than $475,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-282.

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