Asbestos suit blames 45 companies for man's death

David Yates Aug. 26, 2010, 8:32am

The son of a deceased brick mason has filed suit against 45 companies, alleging the corporate defendants negligently exposed his father to asbestos and caused his death.

On behalf of Fred Brinkman, Fred Brinkman Jr. filed the suit Aug. 23 in Jefferson County District Court.

Some of the defendants named in the suit include Able Supply, Chevron, DuPont, Entergy, Shell Oil and Texaco.

Court documents show that Brinkman worked as brick mason for Huber Construction and Able Supply at several Beaumont and Port Arthur refineries, including DuPont and Chevron.

The suit does not give exact dates of employment.

"Fred Brinkman died on Dec. 31, 2008, from a debilitating, disfiguring and painful asbestos-caused disease known as lung cancer," the suit states.

Brinkman's son accuses the defendants of conspiring to conceal the dangers of asbestos products and intentionally and maliciously exposing workers.

On top of exemplary damages, he is suing for his father's past and future mental anguish, medical expenses and lost wages.

The plaintiff is represented in part by Beaumont attorney Tina Bradley of the Hobson & Bradley law firm.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, will preside over the case.

Case No. A187-750

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