Family of deceased worker sues refinery over asbestos exposure

Kelly Holleran Oct. 13, 2009, 10:00am


The surviving spouse and children of a man who died have filed suit against Chevron, claiming the man was exposed to asbestos fibers during his work for the company.

Ginger Goates, wife of Marvin Goates, and Carolyn Blackmon, Linda Dickinson, Katherine Goates and Jody Wilkerson, children of Marvin Goates, claim he died on Feb. 28, 2008, after he developed pulmonary asbestosis and lung cancer.

They allege the diseases were caused from asbestos fibers that Marvin Goates inhaled while working as a pipefitter helper, insulator trainee and instrument mechanic at Gulf Oil Corporation in Port Arthur, according to the complaint filed Oct. 7 in Jefferson County District Court.

The plaintiffs blame Chevron for causing the disease, saying the company knew about the dangers of asbestos but still allowed its employees to work around the products. In addition, Chevron failed to warn Marvin Goates about the dangers of asbestos exposure, the suit states.

Marvin Goates' wife and children are seeking exemplary and punitive damages, plus interest, costs and other relief to which they may be entitled.

J. Keith Hyde and D'Juana Parks of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing them.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D185-076.

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