A wrongful death lawsuit 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 carcinogen known as aminobiphenyl” made a former employee sick.
The estate of William Clawson filed the lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court in Texas 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 bladder cancer “from which he died a painful and terrible death” on Dec. 5, 2016, the petition complains. The suit also claims 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 Cancer (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