Lawsuit seeking millions for former Jackson County workers
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Lawyers are seeking what could be millions of dollars in damages for people who worked at the Jackson County Courthouse during an asbestos removal project in the early 1980s.
Attorney Lou Accurso said the employees should receive free medical testing for the rest of their lives. He filed the lawsuit for two former employees but is seeking class action status.
The family of a woman who died in 2010 from asbestos-related illnesses received $10.4 million from the county and the firm that did the removal, U.S. Engineering Co.
The Kansas City Star reported the Missouri Court of Appeals reinstated the case this month after a lower court denied it class-action status.
The county and U.S. Engineering contended there was no proof toxic levels of asbestos were found in the courthouse.