Howard May Sr., an Illinois laborer who's been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and his wife, Jean, are preparing for trial March 7 against 64 defendants in an asbestos case filed last year in Madison County.
The Mays, who are represented by Edwardsville attorney Randy Gori of Goldenberg, Miller, Heller, & Antognoli, seek at least a half million dollars in compensation--$450,000 plus punitive damages for Howard May and at least $50,000 for Jean May, who claims loss of consortium, companionship, society and services of her husband.
According to the complaint, May was diagnosed with mesothelioma on Dec. 18, 2003, and became aware that his illness was wrongfully caused. He claims he was exposed to large amounts of asbestos fibers from products he worked with as a laborer throughout the state.
The Mays allege that the defendants did not properly care for Howard's safety. Some defendants also are accused of breaching their duty to preserve material evidence by destroying documents and information that could be used in potential civil litigation.
May claims he has had to undergo costly medical treatment and that he suffers great physical pain and mental anguish as a result of his asbestos exposure.
The complaint states that May has been hindered and prevented from pursuing his normal course of employment, thereby losing large sums of money which he otherwise would have earned.
If the case goes to trial, asbestos chief, Circuit Judge Daniel Stack will preside over the case.
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