Asbestos suit blames 33 defendants for operator's exposure

Kelly Holleran Dec. 9, 2008, 6:00am

Bryan Blevins

A Texas woman has filed an asbestos suit on behalf of her recently deceased husband against 33 defendant corporations, claiming the asbestos-related disease with which he was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Lois Robinson claims Warren Robinson worked as an operator and in various other roles where he was required to work with and around asbestos and asbestos containing products, according to a lawsuit filed Dec. 3 in Jefferson County District Court.

Robinson claims the corporations were negligent because they failed to adequately warn of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

Among the 33 defendants are A.O. Smith, A.W. Chesterton, Bechtel, Westinghouse, Fluor, GE, Georgia Pacific, Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand, 3M, Owens Illinois, Union Carbide, Uniroyal and Zurn Industries.

Although Warren Robinson was provided with a mask, his wife claims the corporations did not provide adequate protection during his work.

"The products were not accompanied by adequate instructions for safe and appropriate use, together with instruction concerning maintenance and storage," the suit states.

In addition, Warren Robinson was forced to work near asbestos on various job sites, according to the complaint.

Because of Warren's death, the plaintiff has suffered past physical pain, past and future mental anguish, lost wages, past disfigurement, past physical impairment and has incurred medical costs and funeral bills, the suit states.

Lois Robinson is seeking unspecified exemplary and actual damages, plus prejudgment and post-judgment interest at the legal rate, cost and other relief to which she may be entitled.

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

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham of the 58th District Court.

Case No. A182-804

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