April 23, 2013 – 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.
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.
HOUSTON, TEXAS, April 23, 2013 – 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 1-800-MESO-LAW (1-800-637-6529) or submit an online request for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
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 experienced mesothelioma 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.
- 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.