Personal Injury

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against DuPont alleging Carcinogen Exposure

poison 435x435 Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against DuPont alleging Carcinogen ExposureA wrongful has been filed against E.I. DuPont De Nemours, a science and engineering company that makes construction materials, polymers, paints, plastics, printing materials, and more, alleging long-term exposure to “a potent bladder known as ” made a former employee sick.

The estate of William Clawson filed the lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court in on April 5, saying Clawson was a long-term employee of DuPont who was exposed to a chemical that led to his death. The suit alleges Clawson’s job description required him to work around aminobiphenyl, a “known human bladder carcinogen,” according to a hazard document produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Clawson’s long-term “needless” exposure led to the development of “from which he died a painful and terrible death” on Dec. 5, 2016, the petition complains. The suit also that DuPont knew of the dangers of the chemical as early as the 1930s, even though it is currently no longer commercially manufactured.

According to the EPA, aminobiphenyl was typically used as a rubber antioxidant and a dye intermediate, and can also be found in tobacco smoke. Short-term exposure to humans can cause headaches, lethargy, cyanosis (bluish discoloration of the skin), urinary burning, and blood in the urine. The International Agency for Research on (IARC) has classified the chemical as a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning it is a proven carcinogen to humans.

The plaintiffs allege DuPont’s gross negligence entitles them to exemplary damages for Clawson’s death.

Source: SE Texas Record