Texas Man Sues Nine Companies For Asbestos-Related Disease

Exxon Mobil is one of the companies named in a lawsuit a man has filed after developing an absestos-related disease.A Texas man and his wife have filed a lawsuit against nine companies, alleging that the man developed a malignant asbestos-related disease due to his exposure to the products the defendants' manufactured, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

In the lawsuit filed on April 27, Walter and Sharon Clark claim that the defendant companies are responsible for Walter's ailments – which also include an industrial dust disease – because they allowed asbestos-related products to be used even though they were aware that the products were carcinogenic.

The plaintiff said that Clark developed a variety of severe and incapacitating injuries due to his exposure to asbestos fibers, including cancer, breathing difficulties, mental anguish and physical impairment before death, reported the source. The couple is seeking actual and exemplary damages as well as any other relief they may be entitled to.

The companies named in the lawsuit include Chevron, Exxon Mobil Corp., Mobil Chemical, as well as six others.

According to the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center, between 550 and 600 people die in the U.S. each year due to asbestosis, a lung disease that causes scarring of the lung tissue. There is currently no cure for the disease.