BELLEVILLE — A former laborer claims he developed cancer after being exposed to asbestos fibers during his career.
Robert R. Blake filed a complaint April 5 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against CBS Corp., Crane Co., Spirax Sarco Inc. 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 while working as a laborer from 1978 to 1994, he was exposed to asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On March 9, 2017, he found out he developed lung cancer and claims it is an asbestos-induced disease. He claims he has suffered pain and anguish and has become liable for medical expenses. The plaintiff holds CBS, Crane, Spirax Sarco and others responsible because they allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that the material had a highly deleterious effect to people's health and didn't give adequate warnings or instructions about the risks of working with or around products with asbestos fibers.
The plaintiff seeks compensatory damages of more than $50,000 and any further relief the court deems just and equitable. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00243