Woman Petitions to Perpetuate Testimony of Dying Husband

A Texas woman petitioned to perpetuate the testimony of her husband, who suffers from mesothelioma.A Texas woman filed a petition to perpetuate the testimony of her husband in a toxic substance lawsuit against Texaco, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Shirley Decuir filed the petition on May 11 in Jefferson County District Court, reported the news provider. Her husband, Ronald Decuir, is a mesothelioma patient, which the lawsuit alleges was caused by his exposure to asbestos-containing products while he was employed by the oil company.

The source said the suit does not specify how long Decuir worked for Texaco. However, it does say that he will most likely die from the disease, which is why the wrongful death suit will allege that the corporation negligently caused Decuir's death.

The suit said Shirley Decuir wanted to perpetuate her husband's testimony since it is unlikely that he will recover from his illness, reported the news report.

About 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. A history of long-term asbestos exposure is reported in 70 to 80 percent of all cases.