Plumber’s Wife Dies of Mesothelioma

Former plumber Elroyce Johnson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amoco Oil Co. and 58 other companies on Oct. 1 in the Jefferson County (TX) District Court, alleging that his wife developed the aggressive cancer mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos while laundering his work clothes.

According to an article in the Southeast Texas Record, Maxine Johnson was married to Elroyce from 1961 until her death in 2005. During those years, Mr. Johnson worked at various chemical plants, refineries and utility companies in Jefferson County and surrounding counties as a plumber, pipe fitter and carpenter. He retired in 1994.

“During his career, Mr. Johnson was exposed to asbestos-containing products and exposed Mrs. Johnson to asbestos fibers on his clothes when he came home from work,” the suit said. “Mrs. Johnson contracted lung cancer as a direct and proximate result of Mr. Johnson’s on the job exposure to asbestos-containing products at various facilities.”

“Defendants were negligent in failing to warn the Plaintiff or her husband of the severe risk to health posed by asbestos exposure and inhalation and were negligent in failing to protect and properly instruct the Plaintiff so as to prevent their exposure to the defective and unreasonably dangerous asbestos products being handled by themselves and others on the different premises,” the suit said.

The lawsuit further alleges that the Defendants committed spoliation of evidence as a further part of their conspiracy.

Having determined that scientific and medical research they possessed or created or knew of was potentially damaging to their defense of meritorious claims such as this, Defendants acted in concert to destroy or conceal such information and prevent it from falling into the hands of their victims.

Johnson is suing for wrongful death and exemplary damages.

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