BELLEVILLE – A former machine/boiler operator claims asbestos exposure caused lung cancer.

Robert J. Dolan filed a complaint on Nov. 21 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Agway Energy Services LLC, AK Steel Corp., Burnham LLC, et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during his career as a machine/boiler operator from 1969 to 2013, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants.

The suit states that on or about Nov. 25, 2015, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiff holds Agway Energy Services LLC, AK Steel Corp., Burnham LLC 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 dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages of more than $50,000. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-686

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