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Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Workplace and military asbestos exposure in Texas has been and continues to be a serious problem. As treatments for these conditions can be very expensive, you may wish to consult a local lawyer or law firm who can help you get compensation and hold responsible companies accountable for their negligence.

01. Laws and Regulations

Texas Asbestos Laws and Regulations

The Texas Department of State Health Services regulates most of the asbestos laws for the state under the Texas Asbestos Health Protection rules and regulations, which closely follows federal standards.

Training and Licensing of Asbestos Professionals in Texas

Texans handling asbestos must be trained, licensed, and certified within the state. Out-of-state applicants who completed their training and certification outside of Texas must at least undergo three hours of hands-on training by a licensed provider in Texas. In general, training courses are valid for one year and will require annual refreshers. Training consists of an 8-hour day broken up by lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on work, though courses will differ based on the specialty. Individuals will then need to pass a state licensing exam based on their training, and can only retake the test twice upon failing. Further regulations are specified in Chapter 295 of Title 25 of the Texas Administrative Code.

Asbestos Litigation in Texas

Texas has a statute of limitations of just 2 years for both personal injury and wrongful death claims. After seeing such a high-volume of asbestos-related lawsuits, Texas began to tighten the regulations for claimants. Originally, the laws cited under Title 4, Chapter 90 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code required claimants to have documented proof of their diagnosis, proof exposure occurred at least 10 years ago, as well as a medical and smoking history. In 2007, however, the Texas Supreme Court added a rule that claimants also had to prove the level of asbestos exposure they faced. While lawmakers contested this decision, it was upheld in a 2014 ruling. Many asbestos lawsuits today are consolidated into multidistrict litigations (MDLs).

02. Asbestos Jobsites

Texas Work Sites Involved in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Many residents of Texas who worked at large commercial or military sites were unknowingly exposed to asbestos. Hundreds of major sites throughout Texas and the employers who managed them have put unsuspecting workers at risk for exposure to asbestos. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of numerous people who worked at the following sites in Texas.

Commercial and Military Asbestos Exposure in Texas

  • Austin

    • University of Texas
  • Beaumont

    • Bethleham Steel Shipyard
    • Sun Oil Company
  • Big Springs

    • Cosden Petroleum Refinery
  • Corpus Christi

    • Sun Oil
  • Corpus Christie

    • Coastal Refining
  • Dallas

    • Dallas Steam Electric Station
  • Deer Park

    • Shell Oil Refinery
  • El Paso

    • Standard Oil Company of Texas
    • Standard Oil of Texas
  • Fort Hood

    • Fort Hood
  • Freeport

    • Dow Chemical Plant
  • Galveston

    • Port of Galveston Docks
    • Todd Shipyards Corp
  • Houston

    • Atlas Pipe Plant
    • Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company
    • Nasa
    • Port of Houston
    • Sinclair Oil Refinery
    • Todd Shipyards Corporation
  • Laredo

    • Laredo Air Force Base
  • Orange

    • Consolidated Steel Shipbuilding
  • Pasadena

    • Amoco Chemcial Plant
    • Exxon Refinery
  • Point Comfort

    • Alcoa Aluminum
  • Port Arthur

    • Dow Chemical
  • Rockdale

    • Alcoa Aluminum
  • San Antonio

    • Brooks Air Force Base
    • Lackland Air Force Base
    • Randolph Air Force Base
  • Texas City

    • Amoco Chemcial Plant

Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in Texas as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact a lawyer to see if the job site where you worked had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.

03. Lawsuits

Texas Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Texas residents living in the following towns and cities have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and seek compensation from manufacturers and distributors of asbestos.

  • Amarillo, TX
  • Arlington, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Azle, TX
  • Bandera, TX
  • Ben Wheeler, TX
  • Benbrook, TX
  • Boerne, TX
  • Brackettville, TX
  • Bullard, TX
  • Centerville, TX
  • Cibolo, TX
  • College Station, TX
  • Copperas Cove, TX
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Cypress, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Deer Park, TX
  • Denison, TX
  • Dripping Springs, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Elgin, TX
  • Everman, TX
  • Floresville, TX
  • Forney, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Fredericksburg, TX
  • Fresno, TX
  • Frisco, TX
  • Georgetown, TX
  • Glenn Heights, TX
  • Graham, TX
  • Grapevine, TX
  • Gruver, TX
  • Harlingen, TX
  • Hempstead, TX
  • Hereford, TX
  • Hillsboro, TX
  • Hillsborough, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Huntsville, TX
  • Irving, TX
  • Itasca, TX
  • Jonestown, TX
  • Kennedale, TX
  • Kilgore, TX
  • La Ward, TX
  • Lake Jackson, TX
  • Lancaster, TX
  • Laredo, TX
  • League City, TX
  • Live Oak, TX
  • Lufkin, TX
  • Manor, TX
  • Marfa, TX
  • McKinney, TX
  • Medina, TX
  • Menard, TX
  • Merkel, TX
  • Missouri City, TX
  • Montgomery, TX
  • Nacogdoches, TX
  • Nocona, TX
  • Pasadena, TX
  • Pilot Point, TX
  • Plano, TX
  • Port Aransas, TX
  • Ransom Canyon, TX
  • Rosharon, TX
  • Round Rock, TX
  • Roundrock, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Marcos, TX
  • Seguin, TX
  • Spring, TX
  • Sugar Land, TX
  • Temple, TX
  • The Colony, TX
  • Tiki Island, TX
  • Timpson, TX
  • Tow, TX
  • Tyler, TX
  • Victoria, TX
  • Waco, TX
  • Watauga, TX
  • Weslaco, TX
  • Willis, TX
  • Woodlands, TX
04. Settlements

Mesothelioma Settlements for Texas Residents

As a reference point, we have provided below a sampling of settlements achieved on behalf of Texas residents who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

  • $5.5 MILLION: Power Plant – 60 years old
  • $5.3 MILLION: Household – 65 years old
  • $4.2 MILLION: HVAC – 66 years old
  • $3.5 MILLION: Mechanic – 65 years old
  • $3.5 MILLION: Railroad/Electrician – 70 years old
  • $2.8 MILLION: Shipyard/Police – 65 years old
  • $2.7 MILLION: Merchant Marine – 77 years old
  • $2.5 MILLION: Teacher – 41 years old
  • $2.3 MILLION: Navy/Plantworker – 72 years old
  • $2.2 MILLION: Navy/Railroad – 68 years old

Note: Each lawsuit is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in the future. Contact a reputable Texas mesothelioma lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Top Mesothelioma Law Firms that Practice in Texas

The law firms listed below have a specific focus in representing mesothelioma victims. They either have filed lawsuits on behalf of Texas residents or have offices in Texas. They have the experience and knowledge necessary to work effectively and efficiently on your behalf.

Dean, Omar and Branham, L.L.P.

Dean, Omar & Branham, LLP is a law firm dedicated to using the legal profession to make our community safer. When someone is badly hurt because someone else did not act reasonably, we are here to help provide whatever justice the legal system can give the family who has been wronged.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.

At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.

Simmons Hanly Conroy

As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.

Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC

Simon Greenstone Panatier Barlett, PC is comprised of experienced trial attorneys who possess knowledge and familiarity with asbestos-related diseases. We believe that those injured by careless asbestos exposure have the right to fair recompense for their suffering, and we are committed to holding the reckless companies responsible.

06. Filing Deadlines

Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations in Texas

When contemplating whether or not to file a legal complaint to seek compensation for injuries resulting from workplace asbestos exposure, it is important to understand the state by state time restrictions placed on doing so. If you fail to act in time, you can lose your rights to compensation. As mesothelioma has a long latency period, the rules surrounding legal deadlines can become somewhat complicated. The specific deadlines for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in Texas are outlined in the table below.

Texas Statute of Limitations
Personal Injury

2 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

2 years after death from mesothelioma

To avoid missing a filing deadline, one must begin to gather evidence and file a claim quickly. The best way to do so is to hire a lawyer who is experienced with asbestos-related claims. Failing to act before the statute of limitations runs out could result in a loss of the right to compensation for you or your family.

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