Widow alleges asbestos exposure caused husband's death

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 2, 2019

BELLEVILLE — A widow is suing dozens of companies that used asbestos products, alleging failure to warn and negligence in the death of her husband.

Freddie Porterfield, individually and as special representative of the estate of Arthur McCall, deceased, filed a complaint Nov. 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against CBS, Dow Chemical and dozens of other defendants, alleging failure to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, at various times during Arthur McCall's work career that began in the 1960s, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. On Dec. 9, 2015, the suit says, McCall first became aware that he had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease. He died Dec. 6, 2017. 

Porterfield says she was deprived of support and society of her husband. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently included asbestos fibers in their products when adequate substitutes were available and they failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing these fibers.

Porterfield seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages of more than $50,000 and all further just and proper relief. Plaintiff is represented by attonrey Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 18-L-757

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