Pathology lab employee faults Memorial Hermann, others for exposure to toxins in workspace

By John Suayan | Feb 5, 2019

HOUSTON – The Memorial Hermann Health System is facing a state district lawsuit from a pathology laboratory employee who claims that she was exposed to an unlawfully dangerous workspace.

In the 10-page suit filed on Feb. 1 in the Harris County 133rd District Court, Ashley Black says that the presence of formaldehyde negatively affected her health. What began as mild headaches in the fall of 2017 progressed to newer symptoms including, but not limited to burning eyes, irritated throat, and dizziness, court filings state.

Memorial Hermann purportedly failed to address White’s numerous complaints.

The original petition further explains that the toxin-riddled air in the lab was caused by an improperly maintained grossing station/fume hood. The entities hired by Memorial Hermann to look over the grossing station/fume hood – Superior Laboratory Services, Inc. and Agiliti Health, Inc. – are listed as co-defendants in the case.

Consequently, White seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by The Leon Law Firm, P.C. in Sugar Land.

Harris County 133rd District Court Case No. 2019-08345

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