A woman from Galveston has filed a lawsuit against a number of maritime companies, claiming that they were responsible for the asbestos exposure that ultimately caused the death of her father, who died from the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.

The lawsuit was filed by Laura Bodin against defendants Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp., Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., and other companies, and was filed in Galveston County District Court earlier this week. She filed the lawsuit on behalf of her deceased father, Pedro Perez, and his surviving family.

Her father was apparently employed by Great Lakes in the 1960s, when he was a Jones Act Seaman. The lawsuit states that he was then exposed to the deadly carcinogenic asbestos, and went on to develop the cancer mesothelioma as a result.

The lawsuit states that the defendants violated the Jones Act, and states: “Under that act, Great Lakes owed to Perez a duty to furnish him a safe place in which to work and a seaworthy vessel. Great Lakes failed in those respects. The conduct of the defendants was in heedless and reckless disregard of the rights of the plaintiffs, and involved such an entire want of care as to establish that it was a result of conscious indifference to the rights, welfare, and safety of the plaintiffs and (Pedro) Perez.”

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