A recent article in the Southeast Texas Record talks about a woman from Henderson County in Texas who has filed a lawsuit over her deceased husband’s asbestos exposure. She claims that her husband’s lung cancer was wrongfully caused. From 1963 to 1998, the man worked for Union Oil Company, where he was exposed to asbestos — his wife alleges that his disease was caused from this, and that he “did not know of the hazards of asbestos exposure,” according to the article.
Diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2008, the man died of it on April 27, 2008. His wife noted that he had experienced pain, suffering and mental anguish. Additionally, they had incurred medical costs. She is seeking “general, special, punitive and exemplary damages, plus costs, interests and other relief to which she may be entitled,” according to the article.
There are eight defendant corporations involved in the suit: Westinghouse Electric Co., Ametek, Able Supply, Guardline, Jett Weld Inc., Union Oil Company of California and Champlain Cable Corp. The woman states that these corporations did not adequately warn her husband of the health hazards of asbestos exposure, and they failed to provide him working apparel that was safe and adequate, take “reasonable precaution to enforce a safety plan,” eliminate asbestos exposure in the workplace by developing a substitute material, and market safe-to-use asbestos products.
Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma
Asbestos exposure in the workplace is very dangerous and can lead to mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that has no cure. Victims of mesothelioma often do not realize that asbestos exposure they suffered in the workplace is the cause of their illness, as it sometimes takes decades to show up. But after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, victims often do not have much time left.
If you or a loved one have mesothelioma as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to find out what to do next. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and medical costs. To speak to a resource person, just call 1-888-370-0121.