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Widow alleges Gardner Denver, others failed to warn of asbestos dangers


By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 25, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A widow alleges her late husband's lung cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos during his childhood and his career in the 1970s.

Linda Bentz, individually and as surviving heir of the estate of Frank Bentz, deceased filed a complaint on Sept. 13 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Gardner Denver Inc., Grinnell LLC, Pneumo Abex LLC, et al. alleging wrongful death.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during Frank Bentz's career life at locations in Pennsylvania, 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 Oct. 14, 2016, decedent first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. He died on Nov. 25, 2016. 

The plaintiff holds Gardner Denver Inc., Grinnell LLC, Pneumo Abex LLC, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly intentionally included asbestos fibers in their products when they knew that it had toxic, poisonous and highly deleterious effect to human health and failed to provide adequate warnings and instructions concerning the dangers of working with or around products containing asbestos fibers.

The plaintiff seeks compensatory damages of no less than $50,000, plus costs, interest and all further relief as the court may deem proper and just. She is represented by Benjamin R. Schmickle and Matthew C. Morris of SWMW Law LLC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court number 1822-CC111221

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