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Widow sues manufacturers of chemical for deceased worker

The widow of a man who spent three decades working at a print shop in York, Pennsylvania, has filed a suit against the manufacturers of chemicals that she believes caused him to develop conditions that led to his untimely death. The man's long-term development of a fatal workplace injury was caused by his exposure to solvents containing benzene, according to the suit.

Defendants named in the suit include Sunoco Inc., U.S. Steel Corporation, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company, and Exxon Mobil Corporation. The wife of the deceased believes that each of the defendants, all manufacturers of the aforementioned solvents, knew of the long-term effects that purportedly caused her husband to die, as he was diagnosed with leukemia and later died from the disease.

Employed by the Standard Register for 30 years, the man worked as a pressman and was in regular contact with the chemicals that allegedly caused his family to lose a loved one. According to the suit, the defendants were aware of the complications that could arise from such exposure. Those complications, according to the plaintiff, include bone marrow disorders, blood disorders, cancer and leukemia, among other conditions.

The man's wife goes on, suggesting that the manufacturers had an obligation of informing end users and their employers of the potential side effects of long-term exposure to the benzene-containing solvents. Benzene, if the allegations in the suit are to be believed, is a carcinogen.

If the allegations are true, the safety and well-being of this man and many other workers have been compromised by the manufacturers. If it turns out that the employer was aware of such risks, the burden of responsibility may be placed on the employer rather than the manufacturers. Such a change in circumstance could cause a major delay in the lawsuit, leaving the widow and any interested parties waiting even longer for closure.

Source: Equities, "Sunoco Sued in Chemical Exposure Lawsuit," Aug. 10, 2012

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