BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing a number of companies, citing alleged negligence.
Lawrence Harrison and Kathleen Harrison filed a complaint Oct. 18 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against BNSF Railway Co., The Budd Co., Foster Wheeler Corp. and others, alleging they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that during Lawrence Harrison's employment from 1968 to 2009, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. On June 24, 2016, he became aware that he developed lung cancer due to asbestos exposure and that the disease was wrongfully caused. The plaintiffs holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly negligently included asbestos fibers in their products when adequate substitutes were available and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory damages of more than $50,000. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-608