Jury trials requested in asbestos suit on behalf of three offshore workers

Kyle Barnett Feb. 13, 2012, 12:54am

Timothy J. Young

NEW ORLEANS – A jury trial has been requested by the lawyers of three offshore oil rig workers claiming asbestos exposure related injuries.

William Rawls, Benjamin Ramsey and Robert Shirley filed suit on Feb. 2 in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court against named defendant Phillips 66 and ten others.

The plaintiffs claim they have developed medical concerns, including lung cancer, due to exposure to drilling mud containing asbestos additives. The plaintiffs claim the defendants knowingly used asbestos in violation of state law and exposed them to hazardous materials.

The defendants are accused of negligence in causing the plaintiffs to suffer injuries related to asbestos exposure, failing to warn the plaintiffs of the potential results of asbestos exposure and letting the asbestos exposure continue for decades despite knowing the dangers.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for lost wages, medical expenses, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, medical monitoring, emotional distress and cancer or fear of cancer. The plaintiffs are also seeking punitive damages.

The plaintiffs are being represented by Timothy J. Young of the New Orleans-based Young Firm.

The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Herbert A. Cade.

Case number 2012-01036

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