Texas Widow Sues Over Husband’s Asbestos-Related Death

A woman claims a railway company is responsible for her husband's asbestos-related death.The widow of a Texas man who died from lung cancer last year is suing BNSF Railway, claiming that her husband's work for the company's predecessors led to significant asbestos exposure which caused his cancer, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Filed in Galveston County District Court, the toxic substance lawsuit alleges that Ernest York was exposed to "dusty" asbestos-containing products while he worked for Fort Worth & Denver Railroad Co., Burlington-Rock Island Railroad Co., Burlington Northern Railroad and Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad, reported the paper. York was reportedly unaware of the potential health risks posed by asbestos.

In his 40-year career in the railroad industry, the news source said York worked on steam and diesel engines. His widow claims that York's job required him to work in the vicinity of toxic substances, such as asbestos and asbestos-containing products.

York was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008 and passed away on November 24, 2010. The source said his estate is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

Long-term exposure to asbestosis can increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the lining of the chest and abdomen, according to the National Cancer Institute. Individuals who worked in the mining, construction and manufacturing industries may have a higher risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.