Michigan woman files asbestos complaint in St. Clair County

Kelly Holleran Sep. 17, 2012, 5:40am


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

Donna Dickson of Michigan filed an asbestos lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court on Aug. 30 against nine defendant corporations.

Dickson will be represented by Daviid Cates of Cates Law Firm in Swansea. Erik Karst of Karst and von Oiste in Houston will serve of counsel.

In her complaint, Dickson alleges the defendant companies caused her recently deceased husband, Carl Dickson, to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

Carl Dickson worked as a mechanic at Mike's Standard Gas in Germantown Hill, Ill., from 1976 until 1980, as a shade tree mechanic on personal automobiles in Metamora, Ill., from 1976 until the early 1980s and as a machinist at Jordan Manufacturing in Pioneer Park from 1981 until 1984, 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' safety, the suit states.

As a result of his asbestos-related diseases, Carl Dickson 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 to him, Donna Dickson claims.

In her five-count complaint, Donna Dickson is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, economic damages of more than $50,000 and punitive and exemplary damages of more than $50,000, plus other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-454.

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