Over the last few decades of research, toxic properties and results of asbestos exposure have become a well-known risk throughout the construction industry. Much like the formerly popular lead-based paint, the use of asbestos has been banned for decades and is now required to be disposed of when exposed. Often times, people unknowingly come into contact with asbestos at their place of work due to the negligence of their employers. Frequently, by the time they are aware that they have been exposed to asbestos, the lasting damage has already been done.
This past July, an employee of Mobil Oil passed away from mesothelioma due to asbestos-exposure at his job in Texas. Last month, his widow filed suit against ExxonMobil and Mobil Oil to recover exemplary damages for “gross neglect” and “negligence” amongst other personal sufferings caused to her and her late husband. The suit states that ExxonMobil knew for decades that their employees were being exposed to asbestos, but did nothing to reverse the problem. The late employee had been instructed to work around and with the materials, never being informed of the hazardous nature of his work environment. As a result, the worker passed away on July 18, 2015 in what could have been an avoidable death.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer that affects the membrane lining surrounding the lungs and abdomen. Because of the ban on asbestos and the latency of the disease’s symptoms, mesothelioma diagnosis due to asbestos exposure are usually due to the negligence of another party. In this case, for ExxonMobil/Mobil Oil to allow a working environment that puts their employees at risk to develop such a high-risk cancer will be considered negligent, if the court determines the allegations to be true.
Our team of Philadelphia asbestos lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler are knowledgeable and committed to ensuring that our clients recover the compensation they are due for their losses. If you or someone close to you has suffered from mesothelioma or any other of the devastating effects of asbestos-related illnesses, call us today at 800-369-0899 or submit an online inquiry to schedule a review with one of our experienced lawyers.