Texas laborer files lung cancer asbestos case against 113 companies in St. Clair Co.

By Kelly Holleran | Dec 30, 2013


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

James L. Hays and Carol Hays filed an asbestos lawsuit Dec. 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against 113 defendant corporations. The Hayses do not specify where they reside.

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

In their complaint, the Hayses allege the defendant companies caused James L. Hays to develop lung cancer after his exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

James L. Hays worked as a laborer at a pipeline company in Texas, as an apprentice at Ross School and Tool Company from 1961 until 1966 and as a tool inspector at Abco Corp. from 1966 until 1968, the suit states.

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

As a result of his asbestos-related diseases, James L. Hays became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical costs and suffered great physical pain and mental anguish, the complaint says. In addition, he was prevented from pursuing his normal course of employment and, as a result, lost large sums of money that would have accrued to him, the plaintiff claims.

In their complaint, the Hays are seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, economic damages of more than $150,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $150,000 and other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-606.

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