BELLEVILLE — A former laborer has filed a lawsuit against a number of companies after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Ezell Banks filed a complaint March 7 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against the Dow Chemical Co., Honeywell International Inc., John Crane Inc. and others alleging they breached their duties to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at times during his employment, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. On Aug. 14, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer and claims he has suffered pain and anguish and is liable for medical expenses. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it would have toxic, poisonous and deleterious effect to humans health and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions about the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.
The plaintiff seeks compensatory damages more than $50,000. He is represented by Ethan A. Flint and Laci M. Whitley of Flint Law Firm LLC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-163