On behalf of the late Kenneth Gatlin, Carol Gatlin has filed an asbestos suit against eight companies, blaming the defendants for the man’s death.
The suit was filed Sept. 27 in Jefferson County District Court.
The defendants named in the suit include Cameron Iron Works, Cooper Industries, Chevron USA, Air Liquide America, Guard-Line, Triplex, Yarway Corp. and Santa Fe Braun Inc.
According to the lawsuit, as a result of Kenneth Gatlin’s exposure to asbestos-containing products over his career, he contracted a serious and debilitating disease that took his life.
The suit does not state where, when or how Kenneth Gatlin was allegedly exposed to asbestos, only that his exposure lead to esophageal cancer.
The suit accuses the defendants of negligently selling and using asbestos products despite actual knowledge of the extreme risk of harm inherent to asbestos exposure.
The defendants also negligently failed to provide Kenneth Gatlin with a safe place to work, the suit alleges.
The plaintiff is suing for exemplary and punitive damages.
Houston attorney Samantha Flores of Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas represents the plaintiff.
Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.
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