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Widow alleges husband's lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure through Certain-Teed Corp., others' products

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 21, 2018

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BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her late husband's lung cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos during his career.

Joann Zawadzki, individually and as special representative of the estate of Joseph Zawadzki, filed a complaint on Feb. 6 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., Certain-Teed Corp., Spirax Sarco Inc., et al. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during plaintiff's decedent Joseph Zawadzki's life, 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 Dec. 21, 2016, decedent first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. He died on Aug. 19, 2017, the suit states. 

The plaintiff holds Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., Certain-Teed Corp., Spirax Sarco Inc., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly negligently included asbestos fibers in their products when adequate substitutes were available and failed to test their products to determine the dangers associated with it.

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-86

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Alcatel-LucentGori, Julian & Associates PCSpirax SarcoSt. Clair County Circuit CourtCertain-Teed Corporation