Jefferson County, TX—A widow whose husband died of the asbestos disease mesothelioma has filed a second lawsuit against corporations, claiming that their negligence caused his cancer.
Willie Mae Denson is filing the suit on behalf of her deceased husband, Elijah Denson Sr., who worked as a laborer, carpenter and furnace technician. During his employment in these capacities, he was exposed to asbestos in his workplace and therefore contracted mesothelioma, a rare cancer which is linked to asbestos exposure in almost all cases.
According to Mrs. Denson’s lawsuit, the companies did not timely warn Elijah Denson of the hazards that working in an asbestos-contaminated environment posed. Additionally, it claims that the companies continued manufacturing the toxic asbestos-containing products, even after they were aware of the dangers.
Furthermore, the suit alleges, Elijah did not know of the dangers of the asbestos materials which were in place at his job. Asbestos was frequently used throughout the twentieth century as an insulating and manufacturing product. Composed of microscopic fibers when can break and become airborne and respirable when the mineral is damaged, asbestos is toxic when it is breathed in or ingested by humans. Once inside the body, asbestos’s fibers – which can be soft and wavy or sharp and spiky – lodge themselves into organs and membranes, causing the surrounding cells to become malignant. Mesothelioma, a cancer which carries a long latency period and a certain death sentence, is the result.
This is the second suit filed by Mrs. Denson for damages stemming from asbestos-related injuries. This complaint involves a different injury than the initial suit.
The companies named in the claim are Babcock Borsig Power, CBS Corp., A.O. Smith Corp. General Refractories Co., Ingersoll Rand Co., Cleaver Brooks and Lockheed Martin. Denson is seeking unspecified actual and exemplary damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief that the court may deem appropriate.