14 companies blamed for man's asbestos exposure, death

By David Yates | Jul 5, 2012


The family of the late Charles Hernandez has filed an asbestos suit against Bechtel Corp. and 13 other companies.

Theresa Hernandez and Elizabeth Broussard filed the suit on June 27 in Jefferson County District Court.

The other defendants named in the suit are CBS Corp., Cleaver Brooks, Crane Co., D&F Distributing, Fluor Enterprises, Fluor Maintenance, Foster Wheeler Constructors, Foster Wheeler Corp., Foster Wheeler Energy, Ingersoll Rand, Owens-Illinois, Riley Power and Treco Construction.

According to the lawsuit, Charles worked as a brick mason's helper and mechanics helper and was required to work with asbestos products.

Although Charles sued and settled his claims for a non-malignant asbestos-related disease, his benefactors claim he developed and suffered from a different malignant asbestos-related injury.

The defendants are accused of manufacturing and distributing asbestos products without warning of the dangers.

The plaintiffs are suing for all wrongful death damages.

Beaumont attorney Bryan Blevins Jr. of Provost Umphrey represents them.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E192-622

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