Missouri couple files mesothelioma case in St. Clair County

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 29, 2013

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

Janis M. Whiting and James B. Whiting of Missouri filed an asbestos lawsuit June 17 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against 59 defendant corporations.

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

In their complaint, the Whitings allege the defendant companies caused Janis M. Whiting to develop mesothelioma after her exposure to asbestos-containing products throughout her career.

Janis M. Whiting worked as an operating technician in the U.S. Force from 1967 until 1968, at University of Missouri Hospital from 1968 until 1979, at Community Hospital and Pinellas County Hospital from 1970 until the mid-1970s and at Community Hospital of New York from the mid 1970s until 1979. She also worked as a photographer at PCA from 1979 until 1985, as a hair dresser in 1982, as an operating technician at Moberly Regional Hospital from the mid 1980s through 1987, as a truck driver at Watkins Motor Line from 1987 until 2010, as a laborer at Moberly Surgical Center in 2011 and as a truck driver at R&R Trucking from 2012 until 2013, 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 plaintiff’s safety, the suit states.

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

In their 10-count complaint, the Whitings are seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, economic damages of more than $200,000, punitive and exemplary damages of more than $100,000, compensatory damages of more than $150,000, punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish the defendants, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case numbers: 13-L-299.

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