BELLEVILLE — A lawsuit filed by a widow claims a number of companies failed to explain the risks of working with products containing asbestos.
Patricia Adams, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Roy Adams, deceased, filed a complaint March 23 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against AK Steel Corp., Certain-Teed Corp., Zoltek Corp. 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 during Roy Adams' career, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers in certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. The suit also claims that he experienced secondhand asbestos exposure due to his brother's work as a mechanic. On March 8, 2017, he learned he developed lung cancer. The suit claims the cancer is an "asbestos-induced disease," which ultimately led to his death on April 22. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew the material had toxic, poisonous and deleterious effects to human health and failed to give warnings and instructions about the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.
The plaintiff seeks compensatory and economic 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-216