Black Gold = Huge Asbestos Risk
One of the areas hardest hit by mesothelioma (a deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos) is the Beaumont/Orange/Port Arthur region. Dubbed “Asbestos Alley” by the Environmental Working Group, deaths attributed to asbestos are more than four times the U.S. average.
The petroleum industry is one of the most dangerous when it comes to exposing workers to asbestos. This heat-resistant material has been used for decades in petrochemical applications. Asbestos, for example, was used in the insulation that protected items such as pipes, work surfaces, gaskets, conduits and much more.
However, when insulation ages it turns brittle and can easily crumble. When that happens, deadly asbestos fibers can easily be dispersed into the air. When Hurricane Rita hit Southeast Texas in 2005 it damaged refineries throughout the area, sending asbestos fibers throughout the region.
Of course, Texas has diversified its economy to encompass myriad other industries. Power plants, chemical factories and shipyards dot the state – and all three have been identified as major contributors to asbestos exposure.
If you worked at a job in an industry that has a high risk of asbestos exposure, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor to be examined for potential health complications. If you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, contact Baron & Budd to learn about your potential legal options. We may be able to help you obtain compensation from those responsible for your diagnosis. Please call 855-280-7664 or complete our contact form to schedule a confidential consultation.