Texas Mesothelioma Lawyers
Texas is the state with the largest oil industry in the U.S., as well as sizeable shipping, electrical power, construction and chemical industries. Prior to 1980, many buildings and products used in these industries were built using asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that protects against heat and fire. Millions of Texas workers now face serious health risks as a result of being exposed to asbestos on the job.
Inhaling or otherwise ingesting asbestos fibers can lead to a number of serious and potentially fatal diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer, asbestosis and other diseases. Many companies stopped using asbestos in the 1980s due to the health risks of asbestos exposure. But because it may take decades after working with asbestos products before the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases appear, many workers are only now being diagnosed with a serious illness caused by asbestos.
Several oil and chemical companies have chemical or oil refineries located within the state of Texas, including Chevron, Exxon, Fina, Gulf Oil, Shell, Mobil Oil and Lyondell. Individuals who worked at these companies’ facilities in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Pasadena, Beaumont or other cities may have been exposed to asbestos materials in the workplace.
Workers in the Texas Gulf Coast shipping industry or veterans of the U.S. Navy and merchant marines could also be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses. Many ships were built using asbestos parts or materials, and many asbestos products travel through shipyards in Baytown, Galveston, Port Arthur or other Texas ports. Electrical, power and construction workers may also be at risk of illnesses due to the danger of asbestos exposure from materials used in these industries.
Thousands of asbestos workers have already filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against the companies who manufactured or used products containing asbestos. These lawsuits have alleged that companies failed to properly warn or protect workers from the dangers of asbestos.
If you worked at a Texas oil refinery, chemical refinery or plant, shipyard or shipbuilding site, electrical power plant or construction area and think you may have been exposed to asbestos, you may qualify to undergo asbestos testing at no out of pocket expense to determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries. To speak with an attorney about your case, contact the law office of Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454 or by filling out the free case evaluation form to the right of this page.