GALVESTON – The wife and daughters of a late Victoria County man alleges he was exposed to hazards at work that led to his death.

Lou Van Shaw, individually and as independent executrix of the estate of William M. Shaw, Sandra Jean Pruitt; and Pamela Sue Shaw filed a complaint on Jan. 14 in Galveston County District Court against Union Carbide Corp.; BP Amoco Chemical Co.; BP Products North America Inc.; BP Corp. North America Inc.; Chevron USA Inc., et al citing negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege William M. Shaw was exposed to benzene, ethyl benzene and other toxins that caused him to develop Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which resulted in his death in January 2014. The plaintiffs holds the defendants responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide adequate warnings about the hazards their employees were exposed to and neglected their duties to their employees by providing a safe place to work, as well as provide safety equipment.

The plaintiffs seek the following: compensation for all damages plus interest, all legal fees and any other relief as this court deems just and proper. They are represented by J. Robert Black of Black Law PC in Houston and L. Jeth Jones II and Jared S. Robinson of Jones Robinson LLP in Galveston.

Galveston County District Court Case number 16-CV-0053

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