Lung cancer claimed in St. Clair County asbestos suit

Kelly Holleran May 11, 2011, 3:29am


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

Debra L. Trimble of Illinois filed the 12th asbestos lawsuit of the year in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Trimble is 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.

In her complaint filed April 6, Trimble alleges 41 defendant companies caused her to develop lung cancer after her exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout her career.

Trimble worked as a foundry worker for General Motors from 1976 until 1999, 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 suits state.

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

In her five-count complaint, Trimble is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus punitive and exemplary damages of more than $100,000 and compensatory damages of more than $50,000.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-178.

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