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Couple alleges asbestos exposure has caused them injuries

By Michael Abella | Dec 12, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – A Minnesota couple alleges the husband has been injured because of asbestos exposure.

John Skeate and Florence Skeate filed a complaint on Nov. 30 in Madison County Circuit Court against Crown, Cork & Seal USA Inc., John Crane Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, John Skeate worked for various power houses and was exposed to and ingested large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from products manufactured by defendants. On Aug. 24, the suit states he first became aware that he had developed non-malignant bilateral pleural plaques, an asbestos-related disease. Plaintiff Florence Skeate alleges she has been deprived of the companionship, services and society of her husband.

The plaintiffs hold Crown, Cork & Seal USA Inc., John Crane Inc. and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. responsible because the defendants allegedly negligently included asbestos in their products when adequate substitutes were readily available and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions on how to avoid inhaling asbestos fibers.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in favor of each plaintiff in an amount of more than $50,000. They are represented by Benjamin R. Schmickle, Stephen B. Wohlford, Matthew C. Morris, J. Joseph Kusmierczak, et al. of SWMK Law LLC in St. Louis, Missouri.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1641

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