Family of pipefitter sues Chevron over asbestos exposure

Kelly Holleran Feb. 4, 2010, 8:35am


The surviving wife and children of a deceased man have filed suit against Chevron, saying the man was exposed to asbestos while he worked for the company.

Shirley Adaway, Shirley Corbello and Gene Adaway claim their husband and father, Eugene Adaway, worked for Gulf Oil Corp. as a pipefitter helper, insulator trainee and instrument mechanic at its Port Arthur facility where he was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust and fibers.

As a result of his inhalation of the fibers, Eugene Adaway died "a painful and terrible death" from lung cancer on Oct. 1, according to the complaint filed Feb. 1 in Jefferson County District Court.

The plaintiffs allege Chevron knew asbestos-containing products could cause deadly disease, but still allowed their employees to work with the products; failed to warn employees of the dangers of working with the products; and failed to take necessary precautions to ensure the deceased were not working with the products.

The plaintiffs seek exemplary and punitive damages, plus interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

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

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A185-843.

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