Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Refinery chemicals blamed for man’s bladder cancer

Health and safety lawsuits can damage a company's
reputation and bottom line.
Exposure to carcinogens throughout his career has allegedly caused the development of bladder cancer for one man, who is suing his employer.

A Texas man working as a journeyman machinist and a machinist mechanic for more than 30 years claims he was exposed to nitrates in a lawsuit filed in November.

The suit alleges that he got bladder cancer because of the exposure to the chemicals, and also suffered physical pain and mental anguish. Part of the claim concerns disfigurement and lost wages.

The man’s wife is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit, claiming the chemical exposure and subsequent suffering cost her her husband’s affection, solace, comfort, companionship, assistance and sexual relations among others.

The complaint states that the defendants (a long list of chemical and oil companies) failed to protect, warn and monitor workers.

The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified judgment, plus interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Source: Southeast Texas Record 

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