Chevron and Gulf Oil are the subject of a lawsuit filed by four brothers on behalf of their deceased father. They claim that their father contracted mesothelioma from being exposed to asbestos while working for Chevron and Gulf Oil.
The brothers, Kyle, Dan, Ted and Mark Bergeron, allege in the lawsuit that their father, Gliese Bergeron, was taken from them by mesothelioma on October 31, 2008. In the lawsuit filed in the Jefferson County Court on December 22, 2008, they hold that their father’s death was preventable.
Gliese Bergeron worked for Chevron and Gulf Oil from in 1942 and again from 1946 until 1983 as a pipefitter, truck driver, operator, and maintenance planner. During his tenure he was exposed to asbestos for which Chevron and Gulf Oil were negligent in both testing for and warning their workers about. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. This fatal cancer of the tissues lining the lungs takes decades to manifest itself after exposure, but once diagnosed, the patient is only given months to live. There are few treatments for mesothelioma, and the disease is almost always fatal.
Proper preventative safeguards, industrial hygiene monitoring, providing protective gear, and education about asbestos were also measures Chevron and Gulf Oil failed to take. There was also negligence in the companies not implementing controls to reduce and eliminate workers’ exposure to asbestos. They did not prohibit the handling of asbestos fibers, nor were workers given a safe place to work. An occupational medicine program for the monitoring of asbestos levels and the workers’ exposure to them was also absent.
The brothers did not specify the amount of exemplary and punitive damages in the suit. They are also seeking costs, interest at the legal rate, and any other relief to which they are entitled.
The lawyer representing the brothers in this suit is Aaryn K. Giblin of Provost and Umphrey in Beaumont.
The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court of Texas.