ST. LOUIS – A man alleges he was first exposed to asbestos-containing products in the 1970s in Oklahoma and is seeking damages from several companies over his cancer diagnosis.
Ralph Vest and Gladys Vest filed a complaint on Jan. 3 in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., et al. alleging strict liability and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that at various times during Ralph Vest's employment at locations in Oklahoma, Michigan and other states, 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. 9, 2018, he first became aware that he developed lung cancer, an asbestos-induced disease. He alleges he has suffered great pain and anguish and became liable to large sums of monies for medical expenses. Gladys Vest alleges she has been deprived of her husband's society, love and comfort.
The plaintiffs hold Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly 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 and punitive damages of more than $25,000. They are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville, Illinois.
St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1922cc0036