Woman accuses Union Carbide, others of exposing late husband to asbestos

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 22, 2008, 5:51am

GALVESTON – A Livingston woman accuses a multitude of businesses of precipitating the death of her husband by way of extensive asbestos exposure before Galveston County District Court.

Sylvia Y. Love, on behalf of the late Milton J. Love, is suing several entities, including his former employer Union Carbide Corporation, for allegedly implementing measures and practices they knew would prove detrimental to the health and well-being of Milton J. Love, who maintained a lengthy career working with asbestos prior to contracting renal cancer.

The suit was filed in the 122nd District Court on May 20.

A.W. Chesterton, General Electric Company, Ingersoll-Rand Company, Georgia Pacific LLC, and Viacom, Inc. are also named as defendants.

Milton J. Love's widow alleges the fatal disease materialized as a result of the man being subjected to asbestos and other related products "mined, produced, distributed, installed, and/or sold by Defendants."

The original complaint contains nine counts of alleged wrongdoing.

The original petition argues that the Defendants exhibited malice, negligence, conspiracy, and "felonious conduct," which ultimately lead to Milton J. Love's illness and demise. In addition, the Defendants are fielding charges of violating state and federal regulations pertaining to asbestos.

One count solely condemns Union Carbide Corporation for "fraud, malice, willful acts and/or omissions, or gross neglect."

The suit claims the injuries, damages, and resulting death of Milton J. Love were caused by acts and/or omissions of Union Carbide Corporation including but not limited to:

  • Failing to warn the Decedent of the dangers and harm to which he was exposed while handling these products;
  • Failing to following industry standards and/or industry or governmental regulations;
  • Failing to provide adequate training, supervision, safety equipment, policies, or procedures regarding asbestos;
  • Failing to monitor or survey the air breathed by employees, medically monitor employees, and/or take adequate precautions to provide a safe work environment; and
  • Failing to use products that did not contain harmful and carcinogenic asbestos.

    "As a direct and proximate result of Defendants' tortuous conduct, Plaintiff has incurred damages resulting from the asbestos-related renal cancer and wrongful death of Plaintiff's Decedent," says the suit.

    Among the damages Sylvia Y. Love suffered are medical, funeral, and burial expenses as well as mental anguish and loss of care, companionship, and financial support as was provided by Milton J. Love. She, with the help of attorney Hilary G. Reagin, is seeking reimbursement for said damages and the physical impairment, pain, suffering, and disfigurement inflicted upon the decedent prior to his passing.

    Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the case.

    Case No. 08CV0522

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