Widow sues asbestos products manufacturers, claims negligence led to husband's death

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 25, 2019

BELLEVILLE — A widow is suing American Honda Motor Co. and others, citing alleged failure to warn of asbestos exposure and negligence.

Tina Graham, individually and as special representative of the estate of William Osborne Graham, deceased, filed a complaint on Jan. 4 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 plaintiff alleges that at various times during William Osborne Graham's life, 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 Dec. 14, 2016, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease that led to his death on Jan. 6, 2017. Tina Graham has been deprived of her husband's love, service and comfort. 

The plaintiff holds American Honda Motor Co. and other defendants responsible because they allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that they had a toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect on human health and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages of more than $50,000 and all further relief deemed appropriate. She is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-0014

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