A surviving spouse and kids of a Port Arthur man are suing Texaco after their husband and father died from asbestosis, an asbestos-related disease. They claimed that the man used and was exposed to asbestos while he was working for Texaco and Chevron.
Asbestos-related diseases are not uncommon in the U.S., even though asbestos was outlawed in the 1970s and 1980s. The most common of those diseases is mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the mesothelium which is caused when a person inhales or swallows microscopic asbestos particles. Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that was used for years in many building materials, car parts, among other things.
People who are most at risk for developing asbestosis or mesothelioma are those who were exposed to old attic and wall insulation, shingles, floor tiles, automobile brakes and clutches, oil and coal furnaces, military machinery, and heat-resistant fabrics. Some people have contracted the disease simply from washing the clothes or living in a home of someone exposed to asbestos. Unfortunately, the companies who used asbestos in their products have known of its dangerous effects for decades. However, it kept using asbestos until it was outlawed by the federal government.
Today, there are large amounts of money in asbestos compensation funds, which are intended to compensate victims of asbestos exposure for their injuries. Also, asbestos victims can directly sue the company responsible for the exposure, and large verdicts are often awarded. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another related disease, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. We will be happy to discuss your case with you. You can also connect with us on Twitter. Call to learn more.