ST. LOUIS – A Kansas couple is seeking damages over allegations the husband developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure.
Grant Hillburn and Vicki Hillburn filed a complaint on June 15 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Bayer Corp., Ford Motor Co., Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Co., et al. alleging negligence.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during Grant Hillburn's career from 1952 to 1997, he was exposed to and inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers emanating from certain products manufactured, sold, distributed or installed by defendants. The suit states that on or about March 22, he first became aware that he developed pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused.
The plaintiffs hold Bayer Corp., Ford Motor Co., Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Co., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it contained a dangerous, toxic and disease-causing substance 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 damages of more than $25,000, plus interest, and all further relief that the court deems appropriate. They are represented by Robert D. Woodard of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton, Illinois.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC10568