Widow brings benzene suit on late husband's behalf

David Yates Jul. 11, 2012, 5:48am


The widow of Ricky Perrio has filed a lawsuit against three companies she claims exposed her late husband to the toxic chemical benzene.

Diana Perrio filed the suit against Atlantic Richfield, Beazer East and Equistar GP on July 5 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, from 1967 to 1983 Perrio worked for the defendants as a mechanic and was regularly exposed to benzene while at their Port Arthur facilities.

As a result, he developed chronic lymphocytic leukemia and died.

The suit alleges the defendants knew of the dangers of benzene and maliciously chose not to warn Perrio.

The plaintiff is suing for exemplary damages.

Beaumont attorney Tina Bradley of Hobson & Bradley represents her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B192-652

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