Asbestos suit alleges Garlock failed to warn of hazards

Kelly Holleran Apr. 7, 2009, 9:30am

A lawsuit has been filed in Jefferson County on behalf of a recently deceased mechanic against Garlock Sealing Technologies, claiming the man died after developing an asbestos-related disease.

As trustee of the Majkut Family Living Trust, Donna Weeden filed suit against Garlock on April 3 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging Garlock failed to adequately warn Stanley Majkut of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

According to the complaint, Stanley Majkut was engaged in the course of his employment as a machine mechanic and other roles to work with or around asbestos and asbestos-containing products and materials.

The exposure "caused him to suffer from asbestos-related disease and other industrial dust diseases caused by breathing the asbestos-containing products," the complaint states.

The suit alleges Garlock negligently failed to adequately test its products to determine the hazards and continued to distribute the asbestos-containing products after the hazards of asbestos were well-known.

Majkut experienced physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost wages, disfigurement and physical impairment and incurred medical bills, the complaint says.

Weeden says she incurred funeral bills.

Weeden is seeking unspecified actual and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest at the legal rate and other other relief to which she may be entitled.

She is represented by Bryan O. Blevins Jr. and Colin D. Moore of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson of the 60th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B183-710.

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