Family sues Chevron over man's asbestos exposure

Kelly Holleran Jan. 15, 2010, 4:20am


Four Texas residents have filed an asbestos suit against Chevron, claiming the lung cancer and pulmonary asbestosis with which their deceased husband and father was diagnosed was wrongfully caused.

Vergie Foreman, Clara Foreman, Darrell Foreman and Darnell Foreman claim their husband and father, Jesse Foreman, died from the diseases on March 21, 2008, according to a lawsuit filed Jan. 11 in Jefferson County District Court.

The plaintiffs say Jesse Foreman worked as a pipefitter helper, insulator trainer and instrument mechanic. During the course of his work, Jesse Foreman was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs state the defendants failed to adequately warn Jesse Foreman of the serious health hazards related to asbestos exposure and failed to take necessary precautions to ensure he was not exposed to asbestos products.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are seeking punitive and exemplary damages, plus costs, interest and other relief to which they may be entitled.

They will be represented by J. Keith Hyde and D'Juana Parks of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B185-674.

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