BELLEVILLE – A couple claims the husband developed lung cancer after exposure to asbestos while working in Peoria.
Patrick Atkins and Patricia Atkins filed a complaint on Feb. 13 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Chicago-Wilcox Manufacturing Co., Hercules LLC alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during Patrick Atkins' career at various locations in Peoria from 1967 to 1973, 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. 20, 2017, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused.
He alleges he has been hindered from pursuing his normal course of work, lost large sums of money and incurred substantial costs for medical expenses.
The plaintiffs hold Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Chicago-Wilcox Manufacturing Co., Hercules LLC, 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 economic damages of more than $50,000. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-103