Mother's husband's employers named in St. Clair County asbestos suit

Kelly Holleran Oct. 7, 2010, 2:00am


The son of a deceased woman blames his mother's husband's employers for contributing to her death, saying she inhaled asbestos fibers after her husband brought them home on his clothes.

Lovell L. Kennard filed a lawsuit Sept. 20 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against 27 defendants.

Lovell L. Kennard claims his mother, Eula Kennard, was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her late husband, Joseph Kennard, who worked as a box car builder at Pullman Standard, as a laborer at Ceco Steel and as a laborer at American Cast Iron Pipe Company from the 1950s through the 1980s.

As a result of her exposure to the asbestos fibers, Eula Kennard developed lung cancer, which led to her death Jan. 15, 2009, according to the complaint.

Before her death, Eula Kennard incurred medical costs, experienced great physical pain and mental anguish and was hindered and prevented from attending to her normal course of employment, the suit states.

Because of Eula Kennard's death, her family has been deprived of her support, have lost her society and have incurred funeral and burial costs, the complaint says.

In his 10-count complaint, Lovell L. Kennard seeks $200,000 for economic damages, $50,000 for punitive and exemplary damages, $100,000 in compensatory damages, punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Sprinkmann Sons Corporation and Young Insulation Group to deter them from their misconduct and a judgment for more than $150,000.

Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-495.

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