BEAUMONT – Three major companies have been hit with a wrongful death lawsuit alleging benzene exposure.

The family of the late Curtis Potter filed suit against Goodrich, Dow Chemical and Axiall Corp. on Aug. 12 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Potter was employed in a laboratory while working for Goodrich during the 1960s and 1970s, where he was exposed to carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene.

As a result, he developed and died from renal cell carcinoma of his kidney.

The suit accuses the defendants of negligently making, selling and using the chemicals without warning of the dangers.

The suit further alleges gross negligence for failing to provide a safe place to work and disclose health hazards.

The plaintiffs are suing for exemplary damages.

Provost Umphrey attorney Darren Brown of Beaumont represents them.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D-198841

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