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Texas family files mesothelioma lawsuit over secondhand asbestos exposure

August 17th, 2010

The family of a Texas woman filed a mesothelioma lawsuit in June 2010 alleging that she developed the disease from second-hand exposure to asbestos fibers. Claudia Headley’s family alleges that she suffered asbestos exposure through contact with the clothing of family members who worked for several oil and gas companies.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is only caused by exposure to asbestos. The disease has a very long latency period and is often not diagnosed until decades after exposure. There is no known cure for mesothelioma which leads to a limited life expectancy after diagnosis.

A growing number of second-hand asbestos exposure lawsuits have been filed recently by individuals who did not work directly with asbestos but who were exposed while living in the same house as asbestos workers. Family members who washed the clothes of asbestos workers and children held by parents covered in asbestos fibers may be at risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.

Defendants in the Headley’s asbestos lawsuit include Royal Dutch Shell PLC and its subsidiary, Shell Energy North America, Exxon Mobile Corp. and Alon USA. The lawsuit alleges that these companies failed to warn workers of the risks of asbestos exposure for their families, and failed to protect family members from exposure to toxic asbestos fibers.

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