Maintenance mechanic seeks damages from Advance Auto Parts, others over cancer diagnosis

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 14, 2019

ST. LOUIS – A former maintenance mechanic alleges asbestos exposure during his career caused him to develop lung cancer.

George Chance filed a complaint on Jan. 3 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Advance Auto Parts Inc., et al. alleging negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that at various times during his career beginning in 1965 at various locations in Mississippi, 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. 17, 2016, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease, and that the disease was wrongfully caused. 

The plaintiff holds Advance Auto Parts Inc., 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 seeks actual and compensatory damages of more than $50,000, costs, interest and all further relief as the court may deem just and equitable. He is represented by Benjamin R. Schmickle and Matthew C. Morris of SWMW Law LLC in St. Louis.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1922cc00025

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