New asbestos suit filed in St. Clair County

Kelly Holleran Nov. 11, 2011, 12:44am


Another lawsuit has been added to the St. Clair County's asbestos docket.

Robert and Darla Mazenko filed an asbestos lawsuit Nov. 3 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against 66 defendant companies.

The Mazenkos are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville.

In their complaint, the Mazenkos allege the defendant companies caused Robert Mazenko to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

The complaint does not indicate where the couple resides.

Robert Mazenko worked as a boiler tender in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 1961, worked as a bundler, forklift and crane operator at U.S. Steel from 1961 until 1972 and worked as an equipment operator from 1971 until 2002, the suit states.

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

Because of his disease, Robert Mazenko 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, the plaintiffs claim.

In their 10-count complaint, the Mazenkos are seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $150,000, economic damages of more than $150,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants and other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-622.

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