Asbestos suit faults 15 companies for man's death
The wife of the late Milton Deculus has filed suit against American Optical and 14 other companies, alleging the defendants exposed her husband to asbestos and caused his death.
Representing his estate, Frances Jane Deculus filed the suit My 26 in Jefferson County District Court.
The other defendants named in the suit include Chevron USA, Dana Companies, ExxonMobil, Guard-Line, Honeywell International, Huntsman Petrochemical, Ingersoll Rand, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing, Mobil Oil Refining, Owens-Illinois, Oxy USA, Pneumo Abex and Texaco.
According to the lawsuit, Deculus lived in Texas and worked as a laborer, welder and truck driver throughout his career.
The suit does not give dates of employment or locations.
Allegedly, Deculus was exposed to asbestos products during the unspecified employment, which caused him to develop an asbestos illness.
The suit does not state when or how he died.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants negligently manufactured, sold and used asbestos products without warning workers of the dangers.
The plaintiff is suing for exemplary damages and all wrongful death damages allowable under law.
Provost Umphrey attorney Bryan Blevins Jr. represents the plaintiff.
Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, has been assigned to the case.
Case No. B190-114