Old Memories, Hard Times…

Okay, so I guess you can say this started about 18 months before December 30th, 2005 (for future reference, 3 days before my 16th birthday). My father, Charles Lee Johnson, was diagnosed with terminal liver and lung cancer. I didn’t know it was terminal until the week he was in the hospital before he died. He was put into cancer therapy and was doing quite well and seemed to be recovering. In December he went to the doctor and learned that he had also developed stomach cancer, so they changed his treatment. The night before Christmas Eve (Friday, December 23rd, 2005), he had difficulty breathing so my mother, Annette Sue Johnson, took him to Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie, Texas. He was there until that Sunday (Christmas Day, 2005). While at Baylor in Waxahachie they discovered that the stomach cancer had created a bowel blockage and had more than likely killed his bowels. They finally transferred him up to “Big Baylor” in Dallas, Texas that Sunday. They did what they could, but inevitably he passed away on Friday, December 30th, 2005. He had stayed in the hospital exactly one week. Anyways, why am I bringing up a sad story from December 2005? Well, after he died Owens Corning said that the spouse was entitled to only half of his death benefits. My father, Charles Lee Johnson, worked at Owens Corning from 1967 – 2005. That’s 38 years. That’s almost 2/5 of a CENTURY! That’s 3 and 4/5 decades! Something is fishy there, right? In his will he wrote that in the case of his death that I could draw Social Security off of him. Well, we send in the claim, SS denies it because they do not believe that he supported me for at least half a year before he died. WHAT?! My mother and father remarried at least a year before he passed away! Anyways, my mother and I plan to sue Owens Corning for effectively causing my father’s cancer and thereby causing my father’s death. What I need help with is finding exactly what went into any batch of fiberglass made by the Owens Corning plant in Waxahachie from 1967-2005 and if it was a potential carcinogen or other health hazard. We just need help on building a case. Please, if you can help by doing a little bit of research, thank you. So far I’ve found a patent that was applied for and approved in 1979 that mentions Asbestos and Decabromodiphenyl Oxide (suspected carcinogen), I haven’t finished going through all the patent’s text. The patent is United States Patent 4,145,330. My e-mail address is [email protected]

[tags]Charles Lee Johnson, Asbestos, Owens Corning, fiberglass, Help[/tags]