Couple blames makers of asbestos products for illness

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 10, 2018

ST. LOUIS — A couple is suing Alberici Constructors Inc., Dezurik Inc., Elliot Company and other makers of asbestos products, alleging negligence.

August and Dolores Dudenhoeffer filed a complaint on Dec. 22 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during August Dudenhoeffer's career from 1962 to 1977 he was exposed to asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by the defendants. On Nov. 7, 2017, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-induced disease. The disease allegedly was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiffs hold 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 plaintiffs request a trial by jury; and seek damages of not less than $25,000, with interest, costs and any other relief that is appropriate. They are represented by Brian J. Cooke and Karoline Carstens of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC12009

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