BELLEVILLE – A man diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year claims it was caused by asbestos exposure during his decades of employment.
J.E. Russell and Betty Russell filed a complaint on July 18 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against 4520 Corp. Inc., ABB Inc., Ameron International Corp., Anheuser-Busch LLC, et al. alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during J.E. Russell's employment from 1944 to 1980, he was exposed to and inhaled large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from defendants' products. On April 14, 2017, the suit states that the plaintiffs first became aware that he had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease.
The plaintiffs holds 4520 Corp. Inc., ABB Inc., Ameron International Corp., Anheuser-Busch LLC, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly negligently included asbestos fibers in their products when adequate substitutes were available and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the safe methods of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.
The plaintiffs seek damages of more than $50,000. They are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-379