BELLEVILLE – A laborer is suing multiple companies over an alleged failure to warn of the harmful effects of asbestos fibers.
Woodrow Ross filed a complaint on Oct. 26 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against A.W. Chesterton Co.; Crown, Cork and Seal Co. Inc.; Grinnell LLC; et al., alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, Ross alleges that between 1970 and 1978, he was employed at two companies in North Carolina as well as served in the U.S. Navy and claims he was exposed to large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. The suit states he first became aware that he had developed lung cancer on Oct. 6, 2016.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide any or adequate warnings and instructions concerning the safe methods of working with and around the asbestos products including specific instructions on how to avoid inhaling, ingesting or otherwise absorbing the asbestos fibers in them.
The plaintiff seeks judgment for compensatory damages to exceed $50,000 with punitive damages, 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-629