Surviving heirs seek damages from Ameren Illinois, others over man's mesothelioma diagnosis

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 19, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The surviving heirs of a man born in Illinois allege he was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during his life.

Mary Angela Hebner and Barbara Peterson, as surviving heirs of Duane Hebner, filed a complaint on Dec. 5 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Ameren Illinois Co., et al. alleging negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during Duane Hebner's life, 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 Feb. 16, 2015, decedent first became aware that he developed mesothelioma, an asbestos-induced disease and he died on Dec. 6, 2015. 

The plaintiffs hold Ameren Illinois Co., 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 plaintiffs seek compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages of no less than $50,000. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville, Illinois.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1822cc11774

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