NAOMI JEWELL KELLEY v. UNION CARBIDE CORPORATION (TWCA September 8, 2011)
This case involves a claim for workers' compensation benefits by the dependent spouse of a deceased employee. The decedent was exposed to asbestos in the course of his employment and contracted asbestosis as a result. His claim for benefits was settled in 1991. He died in December 2007, and his widow filed this action seeking death benefits under the workers' compensation law. The trial court awarded benefits, and the employer has appealed, contending that the widow's claim was barred by the terms of the 1991 settlement. The widow contends that the trial court incorrectly set the rate at which benefits are to be paid. We affirm the judgment.
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