BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing a number of companies claiming the husband's cancer is related to asbestos exposure.
Robert Scudder and Barbara J. Scudder filed a complaint March 16 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Crane Co., General Electric Co., Ingersol-Rand Co and others alleging they failed to exercise due care and caution for the safety of others.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at times during Robert Scudder's employment from 1964 to 1996, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. After he learned he developed lung cancer, he claims he suffered great pain and anguish and accrued expenses for medical care and treatment. The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they 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 Ethan A. Flint and Laci M. Whitley of Flint Law Firm LLC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-189