How Did Your Asbestos Exposure Occur?
At one time, a large number of manufacturers incorporated asbestos in products such as:
- Turbines, pumps, boilers and valves
- Fireproofing products
- Caulk, putty and spackling products
- Gaskets and packings
- Auto and railroad brakes and clutches
- Tiles, roofing and siding
- Laboratory equipment.
These products were commonly used in industries that can be found throughout East Texas, including the oil and gas, petrochemical, shipbuilding, manufacturing and construction industries.
In fact, due to the heavy presence of these industries, the non-profit environmental advocacy group, EWG Action Fund, gave the nickname, “Asbestos Alley,” to an eight-county section of East Texas: Orange, Sabine, Jasper, Trinity, Jefferson, Newton, Hardin and Polk counties.
According to the group, the asbestos disease-related mortality rates within those eight counties are two to five times higher than state and national rates.
While workers in a wide range of occupations within East Texas may have been regularly exposed to asbestos while on the job, occupations with the highest rate of exposure include:
- Oil and gas refinery workers
- Power plant workers
- Railroad workers
- Construction workers
- U.S. Navy veterans / shipyard workers
Many of these workers may have brought asbestos fibers home with them on their skin, hair and clothes, exposing their family members to the risk of developing mesothelioma.
When The Sloan Firm investigates your case, we will conduct a comprehensive review of your work history and your family members’ work history and/or military records.
Additionally, we may take depositions of company officials or co-workers and consult with highly qualified experts about the cause, nature and extent of the disease in your case.
By conducting this exhaustive research and investigation, we can determine when and where you or your loved one was exposed to asbestos, and we can work with you to seek just compensation from the party (or parties) responsible for that exposure.