Widow alleges companies failed to protect workers from asbestos

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 18, 2017

A widow is suing a number of corporations for allegedly failing to protect or warn individuals of the harmful effects of asbestos.

BELLEVILLE — A widow is suing a number of corporations for allegedly failing to protect or warn individuals of the harmful effects of asbestos.

Beverley Willmon, widow and special administrator of the estate of Douglas Willmon, filed a complaint on June 26 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against 4520 Corp. Inc., Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc., Ameron International Corporation and several others, alleging that they did not exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of Douglas Willmon and others who were working with or around the asbestos-containing products.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Douglas Willmon was employed as a laborer from 1950 to 1990 and was exposed to asbestos fibers from some of the defendants'products. Douglas Willmon was later diagnosed with lung cancer, which allegedly led to his death on June 26, 2016. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible for allegedly not providing warnings to people working with or around the products, adequate instructions on how avoid inhaling the asbestos or conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for a sum in excess of $50,000. She is represented by Randly L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-341

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