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Mesothelioma Lawyers Texas

Many people with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers mistakenly believe that the asbestos companies did not know their products caused cancer until it became newsworthy in the 1970s. In fact, we have evidence that manufacturers of asbestos products knew as early as the 1930s that their workers were at risk for lung cancer and mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.

The asbestos industry's history of disclosure is shameful. Workers whose jobs involved installation of asbestos products–such as insulators, boilermakers, construction workers and shipyard workers were not told of the devastating impact a lifetime of exposure would have. Texas is no stranger to these types of events and exposures.

At Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason, the mission of our mesothelioma attorney's is to hold the asbestos industry accountable for the damage their products have done to thousands of Americans over the past century, and to recover the maximum compensation possible.

Asbestos Exposure in Texas

Unfortunately, asbestos exposure is a problem in Texas and has resulted in a large number of deaths. Texas is ranked 7th out of the 50 states for number of mesothelioma cases and has a mortality rate of more than 8 per million for this disease. From 1979 to 1999, there were approximately 2,800 deaths related to asbestos exposure in Texas – half from mesothelioma. Most of these deaths occurred in Harris County, Jefferson County, and Dallas County.

Texas is a huge part of the domestic oil industry and is headquarters to companies such as Shell and Mobil. Due to its durability and heat and flame resistant qualities, asbestos was commonly used in the oil industry to protect plants from fires and cut down on machinery corrosion. It was also used to create gaskets, insulation, and uniforms. As a result, millions of people working in the oil business have been exposed to asbestos and are at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma.

Below is a list of job sites in Texas known for asbestos exposure:

Shipyards

  • American Bridge Shipyard (Orange)
  • AMFELS
  • Barbas Cut Docks
  • Bloodworth Bond
  • Brown Shipyard
  • Boats of Freeport
  • Galveston Docks
  • Houston Shipyards
  • Kane Shipbuilding
  • Naval Station Ingleside
  • Orange Shipbuilding
  • Port Adams Shipyard
  • Trinity Marine Group

Metal Works

  • Celanese Corporation
  • Commercial Metals
  • Quality Tubing, Inc.
  • Steel Resource
  • TXI Chaparral

Power Plants

  • Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant
  • H.W. Pirkey Power Plant
  • Oklaunion Station

The risk of asbestos exposure is also higher in Texas than many other states because of the natural asbestos deposits found there. Though they are not dangerous to people simply passing by, the surrounding areas may have contaminated air and water if the deposits are mined which puts workers and residents at risk.

Prior to the 1980s when the dangers of asbestos were not truly known, many building were constructed with asbestos-containing materials. This presents a problem in Texas when it gets high winds and tornadoes. When these structures are damaged or destroyed, asbestos fibers can escape into the air. If inhaled, a variety of serious health conditions can arise.

Contact Our Texas Mesothelioma Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact our lawyers right away. One of our attorneys will fly to your home anywhere in the United States within a few days. If the testimony of a mesothelioma patient is needed, it can usually be recorded on videotape so that there is no need to appear in court. We advance any costs incurred in pursuing the case. You will pay attorney’s fees only when we obtain a financial settlement for you.

Having an experienced attorney to represent you can provide additional support during this most challenging time. Please call us at 1-800-440-4262 today for a free consultation with an experienced mesothelioma attorney.