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Toxic materials cited as probable cause of man’s fatal cancer

Employers in Ohio are responsible for taking all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that workers are cared for and protected while on the job. When corners are cut or safety steps are skipped, some workers could be at risk for exposure to hazardous or toxic materials. These types of exposures can subsequently lead to significant or even fatal medical conditions in workers.

One woman claims that her husband’s cancer was caused by just such exposures during his career. Her late husband worked at multiple companies where the exposures were said to have taken place, including both Exxon-Mobil and Chevron USA. He worked as a contractor instrument technician, during which time he worked with products containing carcinogens.

One of the carcinogens named in the suit is trichloroethylene and was apparently especially common in products that multiple companies produced, including Dow Chemical Company. His exposure to these types of carcinogenic chemicals during his course of work is what his family believes ultimately led to his kidney cancer. It’s unclear if the suit outlines any safety initiatives that were violated, or if it is suspected that improper safety precautions were used.

Losing a loved one is rarely an easy experience, but a death from an exposure to toxic materials can be especially devastating. Aside from the mourning period that so often accompanies the death of a family member, the loss of the breadwinner of the family can place an additional financial burden on the shoulders of those still coming to terms with a death. For the surviving family members of toxic exposure victims in Ohio, seeking out related damages through a products liability claim may be an effective course of action for receiving much-needed legal recourse.

Source: setexasrecord.com, “Widow names numerous companies in exposure suit”, Annie Cosby, Feb. 11, 2015


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