BELLEVILLE – A Lenzburg couple is seeking damages over allegations the husband's mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure during his career.
Robert Haeffner and Nancy Haeffner filed a complaint on Jan. 22 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Amdura LLC, Caterpillar Inc., IMO Industries Inc., et al. alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that during plaintiff Robert Haeffner's employment from 1962 to 1994, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants while working at General Steel and Southwestern Bell.
He alleges that on or about June 20, 2017, he first became aware that he developed mesothelioma, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused.
The plaintiffs holds Amdura LLC, Caterpillar Inc., IMO Industries Inc., 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 dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.
The plaintiffs seek compensatory damages of more than $50,000. They are represented by Carson C. Menges of Menges Law LLC in Belleville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-41