Kelly Holleran Aug. 11, 2014, 11:48am

The family of a recently deceased man seeks punitive and exemplary damages from his former employers claiming he died from benzene exposure.

Marshall D. Gore Jr., Kyle Gore, Kimberly Gore Brown and Melanie Gore Varnell filed a lawsuit July 17 in the Jefferson County District Court against Chevron and Texaco.

The plaintiffs, who are children of the deceased man, claim he developed myelodysplastic syndrome after working at Texaco. During his career, which lasted from 1951 through 1963, Marshall D. Gore Sr. was exposed to gasoline, benzene, benzene-containing products and other chemical products, according to the complaint. As a result of the syndrome, Marshall D. Gore Sr. died a "painful and terrible death" on May 15, 2013, the suit states.

His children blame the defendants for causing their father's death, saying it knew that various chemicals could cause disease, but allowed their employees to utilize toxic chemicals. They also failed to warn of the dangers of gasoline and failed to take the necessary precautions, the suit states.

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

They are being represented by attorneys D'Juana Parks and J. Keith Hyde of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court case number D-195891.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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