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Texas currently ranks fourth out of the 50 states for the highest number of asbestos-related deaths from illnesses like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Much of the exposure in the state occurred when workers inhaled asbestos fibers on the job. Residents living near industrial facilities that used asbestos were also exposed. Some of the industries that caused much of the exposure were oil and shipbuilding.
Texas mesothelioma lawyers are available to help the victims of asbestos exposure. They can help file lawsuits, seek compensation, win settlements, and get money from asbestos trust funds. If you have become sick in Texas because of asbestos, you have a right to seek justice, and an experienced lawyer can help you do it.
Danziger & De Llano Law Firm – Leading Texas Mesothelioma Lawyers
The Texas law firm of Danziger & De Llano has a long history of providing personalized, dedicated legal representation to those whose lives have been impacted by exposure to asbestos. The firm prides itself on providing high-quality legal guidance and superior, compassionate services.
Texas residents who have been exposed to asbestos have benefitted from the firm’s aggressive, focused representation, successfully winning multi-million dollar verdicts and negotiating similar settlements that have provided the funds for their medical expenses, as well as compensation for their pain and suffering.
Examples of Danziger & De Llano Settlements and Verdicts
· $6,142,650 (after attorneys’ fees and expenses) for a 68-year-old woman diagnosed with mesothelioma after years of asbestos exposure while helping her husband with his general contracting work, as well as laundering his asbestos-contaminated clothing.
· $5,939,010 (after attorneys’ fees and expenses) for a 46-year-old man diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos while repairing boats and while doing demolition and repair of fire- and flood-damaged buildings.
· $4,750,000 (after attorneys’ fees and expenses) for a 49-year-old mesothelioma victim exposed to asbestos during his Navy career.
· $3,921,750 (after attorneys’ fees and expenses) for a 68-year-old mesothelioma victim exposed to asbestos products during his Navy service, as well as while working in construction and as an auto mechanic.
· $3,600,450 (after attorneys’ fees and expenses) for a 67-year-old man diagnosed with mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos during his Navy service and as a construction contractor on commercial and residential projects.
· $3,403,890 (after attorneys’ fees and expenses) for a 57-year-old man diagnosed with mesothelioma after asbestos exposure during his Navy service and as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic.
Texas Office Location:
Houston Mesothelioma Law Office
440 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: (713) 222-9998
“My experience with Danziger & De Llano, LLP was very rewarding and helpful. I will gladly recommend them to anyone for their help and support, and I greatly appreciate the help that they offer me and the patience that they provided for me. Thank you so very much, and I will if there are others recommend you.”
–Constance Elaine Williams
“Within days of being diagnosed, my dad had virtually lost hope. The financial burden and emotional stress this disease caused us all enormous pain. My dad is over 70 years old and was still having to work to pay his bills, let alone cover costs for a terminal illness. Your firm gave us several affordable treatment options and gave us hope he would get through this without having a breakdown. During our meeting, I saw my dad cry for the first time in a decade. He was so happy we found you, and you came into our lives.”
More Information about Asbestos and Mesothelioma in Texas
Texas is a big state with a diverse economy and a big population. These factors help to explain why so many people in the state have gotten sick with asbestos illnesses. Between 1999 and 2013, 1,675 people died from asbestosis, and 2,064 people died from mesothelioma. Over 8,000 people died from lung cancer thought to be associated with asbestos. Much of the exposure and illness occurred in the more industrial eastern part of the state, especially around Houston, the coast, El Paso, and Dallas.
Job sites account for most of the asbestos exposure in Texas, but a few natural deposits of asbestos can also be blamed for putting people at risk. The deposits are in El Paso County, and while they were never mined for asbestos, there were some former prospects there. Disturbing the earth where asbestos occurs can cause fibers to contaminate the air and soil, and even water.
Oil is big business in Texas. There are land-based oil wells, oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, and a lot of refineries that process oil. Some of the biggest companies in the industry operate in Texas, like Shell, Chevron/Texaco, BP, and Citgo, to name a few. Because asbestos is so good at insulating against heat and protecting against fire, it was used extensively in the construction of refineries and other oil industry facilities in the past. It was even used in protective gear for workers. Over the years, workers of all kinds in oil refineries were exposed to this asbestos. Today, asbestos must be maintained carefully.
The family members of oil workers were also put at risk of exposure. A woman named Ginger Hall, whose husband worked for both Texaco and ExxonMobil in Texas, developed mesothelioma. She claimed that the fibers of asbestos her husband brought home on his clothes got into the air of their home. She inhaled them over many years and eventually got sick. Hall filed a lawsuit against the oil companies her husband worked for, looking for damages and justice.
The Maritime Industry
The Texas coastline along the Gulf of Mexico has been a boon for the regional oil industry, but it has also made Texas an important player in shipping and shipbuilding. Many workers in this industry have been exposed over the years to asbestos. This is because the mineral was used heavily in ships for many decades. Asbestos, at one time, was in nearly every component of the ships that were built. It was so popular for shipbuilding because of its lightweight strength and ability to prevent the spread of fires. Anyone working in Texas shipyards could have been exposed.
Other Sites with Asbestos in Texas
Oil and maritime industries are big in Texas, but the state is also home to many other industries and many different factories, plants, and facilities that have used asbestos. These industries include chemical plants, power plants, manufacturing facilities, and others. Here are just a few of the known industrial sites that have contained asbestos:
- Coastal Refining, Corpus Christie
- Port of Houston, Houston
- Shell Oil Refinery, Deer Park
- Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio
- Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio
- Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio
- Todd Shipyard, Galveston and Houston
- Sun Oil, Beaumont
- Cosden Petroleum Refinery, Big Springs
- Consolidated Steel Shipbuilding, Orange
- Bethlehem Steel, Beaumont
- Diamond Shamrock Chemical, Houston
- Dallas Steam Electric Station, Dallas
Asbestos Laws in Texas
Texas has had substantial problems with asbestos for years. The Department of State Health Services administers state and federal asbestos regulations in an attempt to protect people now and in the future. The laws require that any building project be surveyed by an asbestos professional before beginning and if asbestos is involved in notifying the state. Asbestos professionals must hold asbestos insurance and be certified through the state. These contractors also have to keep records of all asbestos work done. Residences of four units or fewer are exempt from these rules.
Cancer Care in Texas
If you have been exposed to asbestos in Texas and were diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, you have a choice of four excellent comprehensive cancer centers as designated by the National Cancer Institute: Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Dallas, Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. All of these offer the best cancer treatment and support.
Statute of Limitations
Laws regarding the filing of asbestos lawsuits in Texas are strict since the adoption of new rules in 2005. The new rules require that a person have a disability at the time the suit is filed. In other words, you must be showing symptoms of your asbestos illness when you file a lawsuit.
There is also a statute of limitations of two years from the time of diagnosis. So, you have two years to be diagnosed and to develop symptoms that are considered debilitating enough. You must also file within two years to start a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one.
Work with a Texas Mesothelioma Lawyer
Because the period is short for filing an asbestos lawsuit and the laws are restrictive, it is important that you act quickly after getting sick and that you work with a Texas mesothelioma lawyer. Without this experienced professional on your side, navigating the legal system can be difficult and fraught with the potential to make mistakes that will cost you the opportunity to recover damages. Danziger & De Llano will help you establish your case, file a lawsuit, and argue on your behalf, so you have the best chance for getting justice for your illness or family death.
Page Written by Rod De Llano, Esquire
Rod De Llano was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics, and earned a law degree from the University of Texas. After working for an international law firm for several years, Rod formed a law firm dedicated to representing persons injured by exposure to asbestos products. For over 20 years, Rod has fought for persons diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. His clients have recovered over $1 billion over the years.