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Former chemical plant worker alleges benzene exposure caused injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 16, 2016

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BEAUMONT – A Santa Fe man alleges he now suffers from several medical conditions as a result of exposure to certain chemicals during his employment.

Louis Gest filed a complaint on Sept. 9 in the Jefferson County District Court against Chevron USA Inc., Lyondell Chemical Co., Shell Oil Co., Motiva Enterprises LLC, et al., alleging negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed from 1970 to 2005 as a chemical plant and refinery worker and pipefitter at facilities owned by the defendants. He alleges he was exposed to benzene and benzene-containing mixtures during his employment and as a result, he developed myelodysplastic syndrome, including multiple related adverse blood and bone marrow effects, cellular abnormalities and anemia.

The plaintiff holds Chevron USA Inc., Lyondell Chemical Co., Shell Oil Co., Motiva Enterprises LLC, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide adequate information on how to handle benzene and benzene-containing mixtures and failed to provide proper warnings in the areas where the products were located.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks monetary relief of more than $1 million, plus costs of court and for all other relief he is justly entitled. He is represented by Keith E. Patton and David J. Baluk of Shrader & Associates LLP in Houston.

Jefferson County District Court Case number E-198972

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