Benzene suit seeks damages for ‘consciousness of impending death’

By David Yates | May 16, 2018

BEAUMONT – Nearly two dozen companies have been named in a recently filed benzene lawsuit that is seeking damages for the plaintiff’s “consciousness of impending death.”

Also seeking punitive damages, Jack Turner and his wife, Betty, filed their suit against ExxonMobil, Texaco, BP and many others on May 10 in Jefferson County District Court.

Some of the other defendants named in the suit include: Atlantic Richfield, Chevron, Firestone, Goodyear, Huntsman Petrochemical, and Union Oil.  

According to the lawsuit, Turner was employed by various contractors through the 1950s to the 1970s and was exposed to benzene.

As a result, he developed Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

Turner is also suing for his mental anguish and medical expenses.

Provost Umphrey attorney Darren Brown represents him.

Judge Justin Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B-201721

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