BELLEVILLE — A husband and wife are suing ABB Inc. and other asbestos products manufacturers, citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.
William and Doris Oliver 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 William Oliver's employment, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On or about Aug. 16, 2018, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease. He has suffered great pain and anguish, and became liable for large sums of money for medical expenses. Doris Oliver suffered loss of consortium, society and comfort of her husband.
The plaintiffs hold ABB Inc. and other defendants responsible because they allegedly 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 plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory and economic damages of more than $50,000 and any further relief that the court may deem just and fair. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-0008