CHICAGO — A man representing his late wife's estate is suing his employer, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries connected to asbestos, saying his wife became ill and died from breathing in asbestos fibers on his work clothes.

Marshall Mathias, individually and as executor of the estate of Estelene F. Mathias, filed a complaint on Sept. 22 in Cook County Circuit Court against Lance Construction Supplies Inc., alleging that his employer included asbestos in its product despite knowing the harmful effects it could cause.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Estelene F. Mathias developed mesothelioma from having ingested or absorbed asbestos fibers through her husband's work clothing. The plaintiff holds Lance Construction Supplies Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly used asbestos in its products despite having viable replacements.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendant in an amount greater than the jurisdictional limits of the court plus court costs. He is represented by James R. Hopkinson of Cooney and Conway in Chicago and J. Kyle Beale of Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC in Houston.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 16L9362

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