Texas Asbestos-Related Deaths from 1999-2017
Asbestos Exposure in Texas
Texas ranks as one of the top five states in the nation for mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths. The majority of individuals who died or have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases in Texas were exposed to asbestos on the job at oil refineries, chemical plants, steel mills, power plants, and shipyards.
Oil Refineries and Asbestos Exposure
Workers at the oil and chemical refineries in Texas are at risk for asbestos exposure since asbestos was used as an insulating material and fire retardant in these facilities. While the oil industry provided thousands of jobs in Texas, many oil workers have died from asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.
Asbestos Exposure in Manufacturing
Manufacturing and chemical plants in Texas used asbestos to protect against heat and chemical reactions. Machines and equipment insulated with asbestos put workers at risk for asbestos exposure. The operation and repair of asbestos insulated machinery could send asbestos fibers into the air creating a health hazard for those nearby.
Shipyards and Asbestos Exposure
Texas also has a long coastline along the Gulf of Mexico with several shipyards. Shipyard workers and shipbuilders are occupations with a high risk for asbestos exposure. Asbestos was widely used to insulate pipes and boilers on ships until the 1980s. When workers repaired or replaced this machinery or other pieces of equipment insulated with asbestos materials, the asbestos fibers would become airborne. In the close quarters of a ship, individuals could inhale the fibers putting them at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases.
Asbestos in Buildings
Asbestos-containing materials were widely used in the construction of older schools and buildings prior to the 1980s. Asbestos could be found in flooring tiles, roofing materials, piping, and insulation. Construction or maintenance workers who were responsible for repairs or demolition of these older buildings could have been exposed to asbestos. Several schools throughout Texas contain asbestos and have hired asbestos abatement professionals to safely remove asbestos materials.
Partial list of work sites in Texas with known asbestos exposure
Statute of Limitations to File Mesothelioma Claim in Texas
There is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit for mesothelioma that varies for each state called the statute of limitations. This means if you do not file within the time limit, you will never be able to pursue legal action or obtain compensation. It’s important that you take legal action within this time frame so you do not miss out on receiving the compensation you may deserve. Contact us here to learn more about how we can help.
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What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a deadly and rare form of malignant cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. The most common forms of mesothelioma are: pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Victims with pleural mesothelioma may have respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Victims with peritoneal mesothelioma may have abdominal swelling, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.
The latency period for mesothelioma is very long. The average latency period is about 30 years, but can be shorter than 15 years or longer than 40 years. This means individuals with mesothelioma may take decades to present symptoms from the time they were exposed to asbestos.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos is inhaled the fibers irritate and scar the lining of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The lungs become stiff and cannot expand and contract normally. Symptoms of asbestosis are shortness of breath, chest pain, and a dry, persistent cough. Like mesothelioma, the latency period for asbestosis is very long. Symptoms may not present for 10 to 40 years after asbestos exposure.
Military Asbestos Exposure
It is extremely important to know that our attorneys do not sue the military. We seek accountability from the asbestos companies that sold dangerous asbestos products to the military.
Members of all branches of the military may have been exposed to asbestos before it became more restricted in the 1970s. The U.S. military used asbestos products in many areas because of its low cost, durability, and heat resistant properties. The common use of these asbestos products put many U.S. veterans at risk of developing asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Below is a list of the military branches and common asbestos exposure sites:
- Navy – shipyards, boiler rooms, submarines
- Army – barracks, shipyards, construction
- Marine Corps – armored vehicles, barracks, ships, aircraft
- Coast Guard – inside ships, ships, boiler rooms
- Air Force- bases, airplanes, jets, aircraft maintenance