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Husband incurred medical expenses due to cancer diagnosis, St. Clair County lawsuit alleges

By Lhalie Castillo | May 15, 2018

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BELLEVILLE — A couple alleges companies didn't warn workers about the effects of asbestos exposure to the husband's health.

Gary Mize and Lila Mize filed a complaint April 24 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Akebono Brake Corp., Crane Co., Zurn Industries LLC and others alleging that they breached their duties to exercise ordinary care for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege when Gary Mize worked, he was exposed to asbestos fibers from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On Aug. 17, he found out he developed lung cancer and claims in the lawsuit that it is an asbestos-induced disease. He claims he has suffered great pain and anguish and has become liable for a large amount of medical expenses. 

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it had a poisonous and highly deleterious effect to human health and did not provide adequate warnings or instructions about the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiffs seek compensatory damages of more than $50,000 and further relief the court deems appropriate. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 18-L-284

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The Gori Law FirmSt. Clair County Circuit CourtCrane CompanyAkebono Brake CorporationZurn Industries LLC