Suit alleges multiple companies caused woman's asbestos- related illness

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 1, 2019

BELLEVILLE — A wife and husband are suing dozens of companies that used asbestos products, alleging failure to warn and negligence regarding the wife's exposure to cancer-causing materials.

Georgann Keener and Richard Keener filed a complaint Dec. 3 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against dozens of defendants, alleging failure exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, at various times during Georgann Kenner's working career that started in 1972, she was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On March 1, the suit says, she first became aware that she had developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease. 

The suit alleges Keener has suffered great pain and anguish and became liable for large sums of monies for medical expenses. The plaintiffs allege the defendants negligently included asbestos fibers in their products when adequate substitutes were available and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The Keeners seek trial by jury, compensatory damages of more than $50,000 and all further appropriate relief. They are represented by attorney Randy L. Gori of Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 18-L-771

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