ST. LOUIS – A former laborer blames his mesothelioma diagnosis on exposure to asbestos from products during his career.
Elmer Morgan filed a complaint on Oct. 23 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Brand Insulations Inc., Hercules LLC, Western Auto Supply Co., et al. alleging negligence, conspiracy and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during his employment from 1950 to 1993, 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 Aug. 1, he first became aware that he developed mesothelioma, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused.
The plaintiff holds Brand Insulations Inc., Hercules LLC, Western Auto Supply Co., et al. responsible because the defendants 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 compensatory damages of no less than $25,000, costs, interest and any further relief as the court deems appropriate. He is represented by Taylor R. Kerns of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton, Illinois.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822-CC11480