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Widow accuses BNSF Railway, others of not warning about asbestos risks

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 9, 2018

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BELLEVILLE — A widow claims her husband was exposed to asbestos during the course of his career, leading to his cancer diagnosis.

Sarah Rashid, individually and as special representative of the estate of Kenneth Rashid, deceased, filed a complaint March 20 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against BNSF Railway Co., The Budd Co., 3M Co. and others alleging they breached their duties to exercise due care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during Kenneth Rashid's life, he was exposed to asbestos fibers from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On June 19, 2015, he became aware that he developed lung cancer, and the suit claims it was wrongfully caused. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it had toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effects 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 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-196

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BNSF RailwayThe Gori Law FirmSt. Clair County Circuit CourtThe Budd Company