BELLEVILLE – A laborer is seeking damages from companies that manufactured or sold products containing asbestos over allegations the exposure caused him to develop cancer.

Caroll Sailors filed a complaint on Sept. 21 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Arvinmeritor Inc., Bird Inc., Borg-Warner Corp., Caterpillar Inc., et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Sailors alleges that, between 1958 and 2005, he was exposed to and inhaled asbestos fibers emanating from certain products which were manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendant while working as an employee from various companies and during his military service. As a result, he developed lung cancer that he first became aware of on Sept. 22, 2016, the suit states. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide any or adequate warnings to persons working with and around the products of the dangers of inhaling the asbestos fibers contained in them.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment to award compensatory damages in an amount to exceed $50,000 and for such other and further relief that the court deems appropriate. He is represented by Ethan A. Flint and Laci M. Whitley of Flint Law Firm LLC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-543

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