Massachusetts claimant files asbestos suit in St. Clair County

Kelly Holleran Nov. 20, 2010, 4:00am


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

In their complaint filed Nov. 5, Arthur and Joan Tucker of Massachusetts allege 37 defendant companies caused Arthur Tucker to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

The Tuckers will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Erik Karst and Matthew T. Wright of Karst and von Oiste in Houston will serve of counsel.

Arthur Tucker worked as a machinist mate for the U.S. Navy from 1962 until 1965, as a mechanic at Thurston's Garage from 1965 until 1968, as a mechanic at Esso Station from 1968 until 1972, as a machinist at Walbar from 1967 until 1968 and as a shadetree mechanic from the 1950s until the 1970s, according to the complaint.

The defendants should have known of the harmful effects of asbestos, but failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for Arthur Tucker's safety, the suit states.

As a result of the lung cancer he developed, Arthur Tucker became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaints say. 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, the Tuckers claim.

Because of the disease, Joan Tucker has been deprived of her husband's companionship, society and services, according to the complaint.

In their six-count complaint, the Tuckers are seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants for their behavior and punitive and exemplary damages of more than $100,000, plus other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-582.

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