The Young Firm files another drilling mud asbestos suit

Kyle Barnett Mar. 8, 2012, 1:47am

Timothy J. Young

NEW ORLEANS – In the third such suit in a month, the Young Group is representing a group of former offshore workers in a lawsuit against a number of parties for injuries they claim stem from asbestos products.

Plaintiffs Joseph Aarons, Enoch D. Boothe, Hilton Boothe and Jesse Shepard filed suit against Phillips 66 Co. and 10 other defendants on Feb. 2 in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

The plaintiffs claim they were exposed to asbestos as an additive in drilling mud and that through that exposure they received injuries.

he defendants are accused of not properly containing the asbestos in the products making them unreasonably dangerous. The plaintiffs also allege that during their work on offshore oil rigs the defendants purposely kept known dangers about asbestos products hidden from them.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to provide a safe workplace, failing to provide personal protective equipment, failing to warn of the hazard, exposing plaintiffs to a known health hazard, ignoring safety standards and failing to monitor plaintiffs to ensure safe use and handling of hazardous materials.

An unspecified amount is sought for punitive damages, lost wages, fringe benefits, medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, medical monitoring, emotional distress and cancer or the fear of cancer.

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

Case number 2012-01038 has been assigned to Division A Judge Tiffany G. Chase.

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