Texas Mesothelioma Lawsuits and Settlements

Any Texan resident who was once exposed to asbestos and is suffering from the deadly cancer malignant mesothelioma or has a loved one who died of this disease may now be eligible to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.

An increasing number of Texans are coming forward to seek mesothelioma compensation as a result of their work in the huge, historic oil and gas industries, military installations, shipyards, power facilities and manufacturing plants that made the Lone Star state an economic powerhouse.

From across the wide spans of Texas workers such as oil riggers in Odessa, auto mechanics in Dallas and shipyard workers in Texas City near Galveston have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to seek compensation for the serious medical problems and expenses suffered from this deadly cancer.

In addition, military installations across Texas such as Fort Bliss, Lackland Air Force Base and the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi are among sites in which workers may have been exposed to the danger of asbestos exposure, according to court filings and environmental sources.

Huge numbers of skilled and unskilled workers have paid a huge price through their health because of exposure to asbestos, a toxic material that is the overwhelming cause of the mesothelioma.

In addition, thousands and thousands of U.S. military veterans who have retired in Texas were at severe risk of exposure during their military service and many are now eligible to file such lawsuits.

While Texas has enjoyed a population and economic boom over the last century the number of deadly mesothelioma cases also has steadily increased.

Texas mesothelioma lawsuits have come from all parts of the state:

Compensation has been awarded residents of the Lone Star State and their loved ones from major urban centers such as Dallas, Houston and San Antonio to college towns and rural settings such as Lubbock, Austin and Abilene. Here’s just a partial list of cities represented in which mesothelioma lawsuits:

  • Amarillo
  • Arlington
  • Austin
  • Beaumont
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas
  • Denton
  • El Paso
  • Fort Worth
  • Galveston
  • Houston
  • Irving
  • Lubbock
  • Midland
  • Odessa
  • Pasadena
  • Plano
  • Port Arthur
  • San Antonio
  • Sulphur Springs
  • Texas City
  • Tyler
  • Waco

Our experienced, aggressive lawyers are now investigating cases from Texas families over mesothelioma claims and providing free consultations to evaluate what legal options may available for these victims. Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure that all of your legal rights are protected.

Millions of dollars have been paid out in jury awards and out-of-court settlements over Texas mesothelioma lawsuits and public financial filings from large companies and insurers show that billions more have been set aside for future payouts.

Some states have strict time limitations affecting the filing of mesothelioma lawsuits and Texas is one of them. The earlier you contact us the more effectively we can begin pursuing compensation in mesothelioma cases in which eligibility is determined.

However, Washington laws may affect the time limits involved in certain cases and the earlier you contact us the more effectively we can begin pursuing compensation in mesothelioma cases in which eligibility is determined.

Free consultations are being offered to advise families about the legal options that may be available to them in seeking compensation for the loss of a loved one, funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, nursing care, transportations costs and other expenses that may have been incurred as a result of this cancer. 

Texas has a long history of mesothelioma:

This site is dedicated to informing and helping residents of Texas or any of their loved ones who may have been diagnosed with mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos.

The information here identifies this deadly form of cancer, its history, specific Texas sites and industries in which asbestos exposure has been documented and how to obtain legal help.

We're here to help provide Texans the latest data about the disease, treatment options, who was at risk and how to protect your rights in the event you choose to pursue the compensation that may be owed you and your loved ones.

Asbestos was a major component in many of the industrial materials used in Texas while the state experienced tremendous economic and population growth in the 20th Century.

From the boom caused to a large degree by the oil industry to the urban expansion of major metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, workers were exposed to asbestos, the overwhelming cause of mesothelioma.

However, as the decades passed, it became obvious that there was a deadly price to pay for the widespread use of asbestos. We now know there may be no safe level of asbestos exposure in either the workplace or the home.

National health statistics show that about 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year and the number of Texans diagnosed ranks in the top 10 among all states. Dallas, Harris and Jefferson Counties have the highest number of victims diagnosed within the state.

Particularly at risk are Texas workers who toiled or came in regular contact with asbestos at asbestos-laden sites such as oil and gas sites and refineries, military bases, aircraft assembly plants, railroads, mines, shipyards, manufacturing plants and auto repair shops.

A significant proportion of Texas mesothelioma victims come from the huge number of U.S. military personnel who either spent time in their service to the country at local military installations, started new careers here after their service or retired here.

Particularly at risk are Texas residents who are U.S. Navy veterans and, according to national health statistics, were most at risk to developing mesothelioma because of the widespread use of asbestos in ships and shipyards.

While most of the residents of the Lone Star State live in the heavily populated cities, state health statistics show that mesothelioma has claimed victims from across the state.

The list of companies at which Texas workers may have been exposed to toxic materials and put in danger of developing mesothelioma include some familiar names:

  • Aluminum Company of America
  • Asarco (American Smelting and Refining Company)
  • Austin White Mine Company
  • Bethlehem Steel and Shipyard
  • Brownsville Light and Water Works
  • Chance Vought Aircraft
  • Chevron
  • Citgo
  • Dallas Power & Light Company
  • Dow Chemical
  • El Paso Natural Gas Company
  • Esso
  • Exxon
  • Galveston Dock
  • General Motors
  • Gulf Oil Company
  • Houston Chemical Company
  • Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company
  • Mobil Oil Company
  • Monsanto Chemical Company
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Proctor & Gamble Manufacturing Company
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Sinclair Refinery
  • Sun Oil Company
  • Texaco Oil Company
  • Texas Instruments
  • Trinity Steel Company
  • Union Carbide
  • Union Oil Company of California
  • Warren Petroleum
  • Weyerhaeuser Company

These are but a few of the companies at which Texans may have been exposed to asbestos. A more complete listing is contained on this asbestos sites page.

Texans also have been exposed to asbestos in their homes, schools and in public buildings as well as in second-hand exposure cases, such as when worker returned home with asbestos fibers on his clothing.

The toll of Americans diagnosed each year with mesothelioma is made even more tragic by the fact that many of these cases might have been prevented had some manufacturers and employers not put profits ahead of worker safety.

Mesothelioma lawsuits filed on behalf of Texans have shown that some defendants were well aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure and yet they did little to inform or protect workers who dealt with it on a daily basis.

In many such cases it was not until after Texas mesothelioma lawsuits were filed and huge settlements and jury awards returned that adequate warnings and protections were put in place.

Meanwhile, many Texans and other Americans are suffering from the debilitating and aggressive disease that becomes a cancer in the membranes that encase many of the body's major and vital organs.

These victims are coming forth in increasing number through Texas mesothelioma lawsuits to seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical costs, loss of wages and other expenses caused by this serious disease.

What is Texas mesothelioma?

The mesothelioma suffered by the residents of Texas is the same cancer affecting other victims of asbestos exposure. The disease is all the more sinister because it can take years to develop and as it does its symptoms mimic less serious illnesses and the victim is usually unaware of the deadly growth steadily spreading in vital organs.

 Persistent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss are some of the common symptoms.

Generally, mesothelioma is contracted after asbestos fibers are inhaled and work their way through the body. The most common landing points are the lungs, stomach, intestines or heart. This exposure could occur anywhere from an oil refinery in Midland to an auto repair shop in San Antonio.

 These microscopic shards pierce the external sacs that surround these critical organs and eventually infect them. These delicate tissues develop cancerous tumors that frequently go undetected until it is too late.

There are methods of treatment for Texas mesothelioma victims such as chemotherapy and radiation, surgery, drugs and even some experimental methods such as immunotherapy, which introduces so called healthy viruses into the system to attack the cancers.

However, the terrible reality is that by the time most Texans are diagnosed with mesothelioma it is usually terminal. That is why seeking an early medical diagnosis is critical.

 If you are a Texas resident or someone who has a loved one who has been diagnosed with this silent killer it is important that you move as quickly as possible to obtain treatment and to also determine whether there are legal options to seek compensation for such terrible physical and emotional suffering.

Who is eligible to file a Texas mesothelioma lawsuit?

If you are a Texan or have a loved one who was a Texas resident and developed mesothelioma there may be eligibility to file a Texas mesothelioma lawsuit.
The best way to determine eligibility is to immediately contact our experienced, aggressive team of mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation about the merits of your case.

Our Texas mesothelioma lawyers are well-versed in the intricacies of laws affecting asbestos exposure, mesothelioma and negligence and can provide an informed, accurate analysis of your case.

All cases are different, of course, and there may be time limits involved in preserving your legal rights so contacting us as soon as possible is very important.

The history of Texas mesothelioma cases shows that most cases come from specific occupations and locations. We are listing some of them below.

That does not exclude any other Texas resident from seeking to file their mesothelioma lawsuit. Please contact us as soon as possible in order to provide us a head start on evaluating your possible Texas mesothelioma lawsuit.

Major occupations, businesses and locations involving possible mesothelioma risks as identified in lawsuits and other sources include:

  • Oil and gas production and refining facilities from across the state, including the Permian Basin, Anadarko, Gulf Basin, Val Verde, Maverick, Forth Worth and East Texas
  • The city of Houston, which has over 400 identified asbestos exposure sites
  • Aircraft and helicopter assembly plants in Forth Worth and elsewhere
  • Shipyards such as those in Galveston, Port Arthur and Houston satellite facilities
  • Breweries such as the Falstaff and Theo. Hamm facilities
  • Public buildings built before the 1980s, including schools and colleges all across the state, including Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, College Station, El Paso and Denton
  • Remodelings or renovations of public and private structures  constructed before the 1980s
  • Auto mechanics, particularly those who worked on brake linings
  • Construction trades, such as carpenters, roofers, tile setters, plumbers, insulators, electricians all across Texas

These are just a few of the major sources of asbestos exposure for Texans. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or are unsure about whether you once worked or lived near an asbestos site please contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation.

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Texas Mesothelioma Lawsuits and asbestos claims page updated on 8/16/2013