BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing several companies over the husband's alleged exposure to asbestos, citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.

Richard Baker and Carolyn Baker filed a complaint March 20 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Burnham LLC, Cyprus Amax Minerals Co., Warren Pumps LLC and others alleging they breached their duties to exercise due care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege at times during Richard Baker's career from 1949 to 1999, he was exposed to asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. He was diagnosed with lung cancer Dec. 6, and the suit claims it was caused by asbestos exposure. 

The suit also claims he became liable for high medical expenses. The plaintiffs holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it had a negative effect on human health 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 at least $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-204

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