BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing asbestos products manufacturers Armstrong Pumps Inc. citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.
Ernest Underwood and Lois Underwood filed a complaint on Jan. 2 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they breached their duty to exercise due care and caution for the safety of others.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during Ernest Underwood's employment he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants.
In February of 2018, Underwood first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease. He has suffered great pain and anguish and became liable to large sums of monies for medical expenses, the complaint says. The plaintiffs hold Armstrong Pumps responsible because the defendants allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it had toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect to human's health and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory and economic damages of more than $50,000. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-0003