Personal injury suit wraps up 2010 in Madison County, asbestos suit first 2011 lawsuit

Amelia Flood Jan. 6, 2011, 11:59pm


In lawsuit terms, 2010 went out on a fall and came in with mesothelioma.

The last lawsuit filed in Madison County in 2010 was a suit for damages in excess of $50,000 and costs for injuries related to a trip and fall at St. Clare's Hospital in Alton.

The first lawsuit filed in 2011 is a mesothelioma claim filed by Arkansas residents Opie Chism and his wife, Bonnie Chism.

In the 2010 case, plaintiff Mary Conreaux is suing the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George as owners of the hospital.

Conreaux claims that while at the Alton hospital during her husband's outpatient care, Conreaux tripped and fell in the defendants' premises.

She claims the defendants breached their duty to keep the area of where she fell safe.

As a result, the plaintiff claims to have broken her left knee cap, right wrist and a rib.

Amy Meyer represents Conreaux.

In the Chism suit, the Chisms claim that during his work at factories and car service shops throughout Illinois beginning in the 1950s Opie Chism was exposed to asbestos.

That exposure allegedly caused him to develop mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.

Opie Chism was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2010.

He and his wife are suing Borg Warner and other companies for making the asbestos that led to his disease.

His wife is also suing for loss of consortium.

The plaintiffs seek damages in excess of $50,000 for each of the eight counts of the case.

Nate Mudd of Maune Raichile Hartley French & Mudd represents the plaintiffs.

To date there have been four filed.

The last case of 2010 is Madison case number 10-L-1292.

The first case of 2011 is Madison case number 11-L-001.

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