A Missouri man and his wife have filed an asbestos suit 86 defendant corporations, claiming the lung cancer with which the man was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Joseph and Barbara Motroni claim Joseph was diagnosed with the disease June 11, according to a lawsuit filed Oct. 20 in Madison County Circuit Court.

They say Joseph worked from 1947 until 1950 as a laborer at Illinois Central Gulf Railroad and from 1950 until 1985 as an asbestos insulator with the Local 90 Asbestos Workers Union.

They state Joseph's exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants, according to the lawsuit.

They claim his disease was caused after he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers.

The Motronis allege the asbestos-related disease disabled and disfigured Joseph and has caused substantial medical costs. Joseph also has and will continue to experience physical pain and mental anguish, they claim in the lawsuit.

Lung cancer hindered and prevented Joseph from pursuing his normal course of employment, according to the suit.

As a result, he lost large sums of money, the Motronis claim.

Because of the disease, Barbara claims she has been deprived of the companionship, society and services of Joseph.

In the 14-count lawsuit, the couple is seeking sums in excess of $250,000, punitive and exemplary damages in excess of $100,000, economic damages in excess of $150,000, compensatory damages in excess of $150,000, and for other relief the Court deems appropriate.

They also seek punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Ferris Kimball Company, LLC, Sprinkmann Sons Corporation, Sprinkmann Insulation, Inc., and Young Insulation Group of St. Louis for their misconduct and to deter similarly situated parties from committing like acts in the future.

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

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