Asbestos drilling mud (part 2)

May 24, 2011 @ 02:17 PM -- by

As a Houston area and Texas asbestos drilling mud mesothelioma lawyer, I was pleased by a recent drilling mud jury verdict in Mississippi. On May 5, 2011, in Smith County, Mississippi, a state court jury awarded the largest plaintiff’s asbestos verdict in the history of the United States. Thomas Brown, Jr, age 48 and from Brookhaven, Mississippi was awarded $322 million dollars for his future medical expenses and pain and suffering. He was also awarded punitive damages against the defendants. Mr. Brown was only 16 years old when he went out into the oil fields and worked mixing asbestos drilling mud for approximately six years beginning in 1979. Approximately thirty years later he was diagnosed with asbestosis. This time frame is consistent with the usual lag time for asbestos-related diseases after the initial exposure to the product.

As noted in my previous post, asbestos was added to drilling mud, which is used in the oil industry, for many years. Of course, the workers who handled the asbestos were exposed over long periods of time, which can lead to asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.

Mr. Brown’s asbestos drilling mud was manufactured by Union Carbide and was sold by Chevron Phillips Chemical. These two continued to market asbestos many years after the dangers inherent with the product were known. In the lawsuit,

In the lawsuit, Union Carbide and Chevron Phillips Chemical were accused of manufacturing the defective product and also failing to provide proper warning of the risks. Mr. Brown is now 48 years old and has to have oxygen 24 hours a day to help manage his asbestosis.

Contact Texas drilling mud asbestosis lawyer Scott Nelson if you were exposed to asbestos drilling mud. Mr. Nelson serves Houston, Corpus Christi, Brownsville and all of Texas.