BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her late husband's colon cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos during his career.
Mona Barnes, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Terry Clayton, deceased filed a complaint on Feb. 8 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Albany International Corp., Karnak Corp., PepsiCo Inc., and others alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during plaintiff's decedent Terry Clayton's work as a laborer from 1978 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 May 19, 2015, decedent first became aware that he developed colon cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. The suit states Clayton died on Nov. 11, 2017.
The plaintiff holds Albany International Corp., Karnak Corp., PepsiCo Inc., et al. responsible because the defendant 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 damages of more than $50,000. She is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-92