TEXAS MESOTHELIOMA LAWYER AT THE NATIONALLY-RENOWNED ASBESTOS LITIGATION LAW FIRM OF LEVY KONIGSBERG LLP (“LK”), PUBLISHES AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF SOME OF THE COMMON ASBESTOS EXPOSURE SITES IN TX
Mesothelioma lawyers from the national asbestos litigation firm of Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”) are continuing to help Texas mesothelioma patients and their families obtain legal compensation from companies who manufactured, sold or used asbestos-containing products.
LK’s litigation team vigorously advocates for the legal rights of Texas mesothelioma patients and their family members.
Each year, approximately three thousand men and women across the country, including many in the Lone Star State, are diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive asbestos cancer. According to the non-profit agency Environmental Working Group (“EWG”), based in Washington, D.C., up to 1,000 Texans a year will die from all asbestos diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis, between 2015 and 2020.1
As of 2005, the National Center for Health Statistics ranked Texas 5th in the nation for the most deaths from malignant mesothelioma2. The NCHS shows that thousands of Texans have died from asbestos-related disease – including mesothelioma – and the number is expected to rise in the next few years. According to 2002 data, the number of mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths in Texas has more than tripled since 1989. The number of mesothelioma deaths in past decades is likely underestimated, as mesothelioma only became a federally-recognized cause of death in 1999; hence, many mesotheliomas were classified as other cancers and underreported.
Asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis, are preventable if workers are protected from exposure to asbestos.
The Centers for Disease Control explains that asbestos (a commercial name given to a variety of six fibrous minerals) has “been used for decades in thousands of commercial products, such as insulation and fireproofing materials, automotive brakes and textile products, and cement and wallboard materials.”
Due to the state’s abundant oil and gas resources, as well as busy ports and vast geography, Texas residents have been exposed to asbestos at industrial facilities, refineries, oil fields, power plants, shipyards, chemical plants, mechanic shops and auto assembly plants, among other sites. Many of these asbestos exposure sites are located in and around the two largest cities in Texas – Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth, and many individuals living near hazardous jobsites were exposed to the toxin. Over 600,000 tons of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite was imported to the Texas Vermiculite (WR Grace & Company) site near Dallas and shipped throughout Texas from 1963 until 1992. However, the asbestos problem in Texas extended beyond urban areas into the oil fields, refineries and manufacturing facilities and even farms of more rural areas. Exposure to the toxin occurred as far east as Jefferson and Texarkana, west to El Paso, south to Brownsville and in the Northern Panhandle. In Texas, and across the country, many people also developed mesothelioma from non-occupational asbestos exposures, such as automotive work and home renovations, or from “second-hand asbestos exposure,” which occurred when work clothes contaminated with asbestos were worn home.
LK Texas mesothelioma lawyer shares a few of the many jobsites in TX at which asbestos exposure may have occurred:
According to EWG, below is a map depicting asbestos-related deaths in Texas since 1979:
According to EWG, below is a map of Texas showing the ratio of deaths from asbestos-related diseases to total deaths in the state:
If you or your loved one are Texas residents or were exposed to asbestos while working in TX, and were diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Please contact LK’s Texas mesothelioma lawyer at(800) 315-3806 or submit an online request for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
ATTENTION: Mesothelioma has no known cure and often causes severe pain, suffering, and other types of damage, such as loss of consortium, and loss of income. Additionally, due to the exceedingly high cost of mesothelioma treatments, many families exhaust savings and accumulate financial debt in order to pay for the medical expenses of their family member.
Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experiencedmesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.
Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
IMPORTANT: If you or your family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should get in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer as early as possible to determine if you have a mesothelioma case and to:
- Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
- Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
- Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
- File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
- Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experiencedmesothelioma lawyers via our24/7 toll-free hotline at (800) 315-3806 or by submitting an email inquiry (see form above). Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
NOTE: While our offices are located in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Georgia, many of ourmesothelioma lawyers are licensed to practice law in a number of U.S. states and have the capability and extensive experience of representing mesothelioma clients throughout the United States. You are encouraged to contact us with any questions.
Every year in the U.S., approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, which has been used for decades in thousands of commercial products. Our team of trial lawyers are dedicated advocates for mesothelioma victims and their families in Texas.
What Is the Prevalence of Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma in Texas?
Texas ranks high in the nation for the number of deaths caused by malignant mesothelioma. People are exposed to asbestos at shipyards, refineries, oil fields, power plants, industrial facilities, chemical plants, auto assembly plants, mechanic shops, and other sites. Many asbestos exposure sites are located in or around Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth – the two largest metropolitan areas in Texas. Mesothelioma lawyers have compiled a lengthy list of Texas job sites where people may have been exposed.
What Is the Rate of Asbestos Exposure in the Oil Industry?
In the oil refining and petrochemical industries, exposure to asbestos particles is very high, as stated in a study published by theNational Library of Medicine. Researchers found that up to 90% of workers had direct or indirect contact with asbestos. Hazards identified include inadequate health and safety training for workers and failure to inform about the dangers resulting from asbestos exposure.
Do Companies that Made or Sold Asbestos Products Still Exist?
In the past, thousands of companies sold or manufactured asbestos-containing products. Not all of them have gone bankrupt, by far. Many remain among the largest and most profitable corporations in the country. Solvent companies that made or sold products containing asbestos can still be held accountable if it can be proved that they caused asbestos exposure to people with mesothelioma.
What Are Your Options If the Responsible Company Declared Bankruptcy?
When an asbestos manufacturer declares bankruptcy, the court requires the company to establish a trust for asbestos exposure mesothelioma victims. To qualify for compensation, you will need to prove that you were exposed to that company’s asbestos-containing products and provide evidence that you were present at an approved worksite recognized by the bankruptcy trust. If you qualify, you could receive a substantial settlement.
Why Is It Important to Act Quickly After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis?
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is in your best interests to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible for several reasons:
- Statute of limitations: A time limit is imposed by law, after which your claim is forever barred.
- Preserve evidence: Establish the facts of your case to maximize your compensation.
- Ensure compensation is available: File a lawsuit before the responsible party declares bankruptcy or before the bankruptcy trust runs out of funds.
- Expedite your case: Courts give a higher priority with larger awards to mesothelioma cases with living claimants.
How Long Does It Take to Receive a Settlement?
Many clients receive settlements within a few months. However, time frames can vary from case to case. Our Texas mesothelioma lawyers know how to move a case through the legal system quickly, particularly for clients who are older or in poor health.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
Mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure due to negligence. Asbestos manufacturers are responsible for the harm their products cause. Our experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Levy Konigsberg can help you hold at-fault parties accountable and recover compensation for your family’s financial security.
Our firm has a proven track record, and we will give your case the personal attention it deserves. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us at (800) 315-3806 to find out how we can help.