Family sues Chevron, alleging asbestos exposure caused premature death

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 4, 2015

A Nederland family is suing the workplace of their deceased husband and father, alleging negligence in exposing him to asbestos, which they say caused him to develop lung cancer, leading to his premature death.

Wife Lillian Aycock, as independent executrix of the estate John Aycock III, and sons Justin Aycock and Chad Aycock filed a lawsuit June 17 in Jefferson County District Court against Chevron USA, Gulf Oil Corporation, Able Supply Co. and Guard-Line Inc., alleging negligence.

According to the complaint Aycock's employer Chevron caused his Jan. 16, 2014, death by knowingly exposing him to asbestos in the course of his work duties.

The suit says Aycock began working at the Gulf Oil refinery in Port Arthur in 1969, first as a laborer, then a utility helper, a welder and finally a refinery inspector. The lawsuit states he was exposed to asbestos-containing materials when he worked as a laborer, until 1974.

The Aycock family seeks general damages, special damages, punitive and exemplary damages, as well as a trial by jury, plus legal costs. They are represented by 

attorney Tina H. Bradley of Hobson & Bradley in Beaumont.

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