DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The case of a young North Texas woman diagnosed with mesothelioma highlights the risk of developing the disease through secondhand exposure to asbestos, the mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd reports.

Mesothelioma is a cancer that can attack the lining of the lungs, the abdomen, and, in some cases, the heart. It is only caused by exposure to asbestos – tiny fibers that can be either inhaled or ingested. Despite the well-documented cancer risk, asbestos is still not fully banned in the United States.

A December 1, 2014 article in the San Antonio Express-News detailed the case of 37-year-old Stephanie Harper, who lives in Bonham, TX. According to the article, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 22, and attributes that diagnosis to inhaling asbestos fibers that were attached to the clothes of her father, who worked as a handyman.

Baron and Budd, one of the first law firms to ever file a mesothelioma lawsuit, represents many women whose lives have been turned upside down by mesothelioma. Most of these women developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to their husband’s or father’s work clothing. All amounts are net, meaning the amounts actually received by clients.

Below are some of the mesothelioma lawsuits Baron and Budd has won on behalf of female clients who developed the disease after secondhand or household exposure to asbestos:

  • $2.7 million for a woman who was exposed to asbestos fibers brought home on the clothing of her father, who worked in Illinois steel mills.
  • $2.1 million for a woman whose father worked in the construction industry and brought home asbestos fibers on his clothes.
  • $2.05 million on behalf of a woman who inhaled asbestos fibers after handling the clothing of her husband, who was a construction contractor.
  • $1.8 million for the family of a woman who died of mesothelioma at the age of 44. She was exposed to asbestos as a child through the work clothes of her father.
“It is a travesty that legislators have failed to ban asbestos time and time again,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of the mesothelioma law firm Baron and Budd. “However, we will continue to aggressively represent clients who have contracted mesothelioma due to the negligence of companies that produced asbestos-laden products.”

A mesothelioma lawyer with Baron and Budd may be able to help if you or a loved one contracted the disease. Please call us at 855-280-7664 or contact us online to learn whether or not you may be able to pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit.

About Baron & Budd

The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with almost four decades of experience “Protecting What’s Right” for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on exceptionally large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals, governmental and business entities in areas as diverse as PCB contamination in schools, FLSA (overtime) violations, pharmaceutical and medical implant injuries, water contamination, GM ignition problems, California Proposition 65 violations, mortgage and credit card fraud and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.