Tomball couple alleges benzene exposure caused man's illness

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Dec 4, 2013

GALVESTON - A Tomball couple is pursuing legal action after the husband was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, alleging the illness was caused by benzene exposure. 

George Rasco and his wife filed suit against ExxonMobil, Pharmacia Corp., the Dow Chemical Co. and United States Steel Corp. on Dec. 2 in Galveston County District Court.

The suit alleges Rasco was exposed to benzene and benzene-containing products through his employment as a pipefitter and welder from 1975 to 1985.

According to the original petition, he was required during that time to use a liquid wrench to perform numerous tasks. The wrench was believed to contain benzene, the plaintiffs assert.

Rasco claims he was "unaware" that his exposure to such products was "hazardous to his health and could cause this disease."

Consequently, George and Betty Rosco seek unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Attorney Tina H. Bradley of Hobson & Bradley in Beaumont is representing them, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-1505

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