ST. LOUIS — An individual is suing manufacturers in the St. Louis area and beyond that used asbestos in their products, citing alleged negligence.
James M. Richardson filed a complaint in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against ABB Inc., Ajax Tocco Magnethermic Corp., Clark Drilling, Pump Co. LLC, et al., alleging they failed to exercise ordinary care and caution for the safety of other.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during his employment from 1974 to 2000, he was exposed to and inhaled asbestos fibers from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. As a result, he claims he was diagnosed with lung cancer related to asbestos on May 11, 2016. He says he has suffered disability, disfigurement, great pain, mental anguish, loss of earnings and medical expenses.
The plaintiff holds the 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 plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants in excess of $25,000, plus costs for this action and all other relief that are just and equitable. He is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC10941