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Oil Field Consultant's Widow Awarded $1 Million

The widow of a Texas oil field consultant who died as a result of mesothelioma has been awarded $1 million in damages by a Bazoria County jury.  The man had worked for Dowell Company between 1975 and 1985, during which time he worked with drilling fluids which contained asbestos, long known to cause mesothelioma.  The jury found that the two remaining clients on the suit, Union Carbide and Montello, Inc, were both 15% liable for the man’s contraction of mesothelioma.

According to the man’s testimony given before he died, he used asbestos-filled drilling mud several times a week for the course of four or five years.  The asbestos dust was so thick it was like a smokestack, he said, and blocked out street lights.

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