After learning he was exposed to asbestos more than 30 years ago, a Louisiana resident has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he fears developing cancer.

Julius Boudreaux filed suit against J. Ray McDermott Inc. and McDermott Inc. on June 21 in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The defendant moved the case to the federal court in New Orleans on Aug. 26.

Boudreaux worked for the defendant from 1965 through 1968 as a rigger working in the Gulf of Mexico and 1968 through 1971 as a rigger and hoist operator in the waters of Egypt, Brazil, and the North Sea. He also worked from 1976 through 1978 in the Gulf of Mexico as a hoist operator and rigger leader-man.

He accuses the defendants of failing to provide him with safe and appropriate tools for work or a safe workplace, failing to ensure safe guidelines, failing to adequately train and supervise its employees and failing to identify and warn of known hazards.

He is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment, mental anguish, medical expenses, loss of household services, fear of future cancer, maintenance and cure, plus interest, court costs, attorney fees.

Boudreaux is represented by Bruce A. Craig of The Carlile Law Firm in Marshall. Jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv02817

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