The widow of an asbestos worker who passed away from the asbestos cancer called mesothelioma has filed a lawsuit against an oil company that she claims is responsible for his death. Betty Lou, the wife of Billy Cunningham, asked her lawyer to file the lawsuit on her behalf against Chevron USA.

The complaint claims that Chevron USA was negligent in terms of protecting its workers, and because of this Mr Cunningham was exposed to potentially deadly asbestos dust and fibers during his course of work at the refinery. This exposure led to him developing the malignant mesothelioma.

The lawyer for the plaintiff stated: “During Cunningham’s employment with Gulf Oil, he used and was exposed to toxic materials including asbestos dust and/or fibers.” As a result of such exposure, he developed an asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma, for which he died a painful and terrible death on Feb. 11, 2009.”

As part of the lawsuit the plaintiff wants “to recover from the defendant an amount in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the courts.” The oil company is also accused of neglicence in terms of warning its workers about the dangers of asbestos exposure.

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