A good mesothelioma lawyer in Texas should have complete knowledge of Texas state and local laws related to asbestos exposure. They need to understand liability issues and how victims affected by asbestos-related complications and diseases like mesothelioma cancer can get compensation. Only a lawyer who has extensive experience with Texas mesothelioma laws and regulations can work effectively to cut through the complex matters and procedures.
At the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen, we have a team of lawyers with knowledge and practical involvement in Texas mesothelioma and asbestos cases. Our attorneys are at the forefront when it comes to asbestos-related lawsuits, liability, and legislation. We have helped mesothelioma victims and their families in the Lone Star State recover treatment costs, lost pay, and other forms of compensation. We have represented clients in more than fifty Texas cities and towns, from Houston to Dallas-Fort Worth to El Paso.
Texas Asbestos Laws
There are a number of rules and regulations related to asbestos in Texas, in addition to laws enforced at the federal level. As with many other states, Texas regulates the use, sale, transportation, and creation of asbestos products. The primary concerns of asbestos legislation in Texas is the presence of asbestos in the workplace and emissions standards.
Texas Asbestos Health Protection Act
Passed in June 2003, the Texas Asbestos Health Protection Act sets standards around monitoring air quality in occupational settings. Incorporated into the state’s Occupations Code, the law requires the executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to set standards around the maximum level of airborne asbestos allowed in the workplace, as well as various performance standards and work practices. It also deals with asbestos licensing requirements, inspections, and investigations.
A large section of the law is around licensing and registration. In Texas, licensing is required for a variety of individuals who handle (or oversee the handling of) asbestos. This includes:
- Asbestos abatement contractors and supervisors
- Asbestos inspectors
- Asbestos management planners, consultants, and training sponsors
- Transporters of asbestos-containing materials
Licensing requires passing an examination and paying any related licensing fees. Anyone engaged in certain activities related to asbestos – such as removal, maintenance, repair, or installation of materials that contain asbestos – must also be registered with the state.
Another part of the law provides regulations around demolitions and renovations of workplaces. These rules are in line with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). However, in certain circumstances, renovation and demolition projects can be exempted from following the NESHAP standards, in which case the Texas Asbestos Health Protection Act allows the executive commissioner to likewise exempt the project at the state level.
In December 2016, the Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission published a set of proposed rule changes on the Texas Register. These changes incorporate previous rule clarifications, updates to licensing requirements, and explicitly adopts NESHAP standards by reference.
Texas Asbestos Safety Guidelines
As noted above, most states follow the EPA's NESHAP air quality standards, which includes asbestos-related provisions, and Texas is no exception. The primary authority with respect to asbestos safety issues is the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, which works with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality with respect to the inspection of solid waste facilities that accept asbestos waste.
For anyone who does not properly follow the appropriate asbestos safety guidelines in Texas, enforcement actions may be taken against them. These actions can be taken for a variety of reasons, such as failure to provide notification about demolitions, failure to monitor projects that involve asbestos, failure to properly monitor asbestos abatement activities, and failure to conduct a thorough asbestos inspection. Each of these actions carries a monetary penalty, and they may come with other conditions related to the penalty.
Job Sites in Texas with Documented Mesothelioma Cases
Perhaps the highest-risk place for asbestos exposure, which may lead to mesothelioma cancer, is on the job. Many workplaces throughout the State of Texas contain asbestos, which means many employees have been exposed at one time or another, significantly increasing the risk that they might develop mesothelioma or another disease.
Our legal practice has represented clients employed at some of the largest sites in Texas where asbestos exposure took place:
- Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) – Rockdale, Point Comfort
- Amoco Chemical Plant / Oil Refinery – Pasadena, Texas City
- Atlas Pipe Plant – Houston
- Bethlehem Steel – Beaumont
- Brooks Air Force Base – San Antonio
- Coastal Refining – Corpus Christie
- Consolidated Steel Shipbuilding – Orange
- Cosden Petroleum Refinery – Big Springs
- Dallas Steam Electric Station – Dallas
- Diamond Shamrock Chemical – Houston
- Dow Chemical – Freeport, Port Arthur
- Exxon Refinery – Pasadena
- Fort Hood – Fort Hood, Killen
- Lackland Air Force Base – San Antonio
- Laredo Air Force Base – Laredo
- NASA – Houston
- Port of Galveston – Galveston
- Port of Houston – Houston
- Randolph Air Force Base – San Antonio
- Shell Oil Refinery – Deer Park
- Sinclair Oil Refinery – Houston
- Standard Oil – El Paso
- Sun Oil – Beaumont, Corpus Christi
- Todd Shipyard – Houston, Galveston
- University of Texas – Austin
There are plenty of other places in Texas where people have been exposed to asbestos, both on the job and off. Regardless of where you or your loved one has resided, been employed, or served in the military in Texas, we can help you receive compensation for asbestos exposure.
ELSM Mesothelioma Clients in Texas
Attorneys at the firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen have helped mesothelioma clients from across the great State of Texas file legal claims. The list below shows the towns and cities where we have helped people:
- Amarillo, TX (2)
- Austin, TX (3)
- Azle, TX (1)
- Bandera, TX (1)
- Benbrook, TX (1)
- Boerne, TX (1)
- Bullard, TX (1)
- Centerville, TX (1)
- Cibolo, TX (1)
- College Station, TX (1)
- Copperas Cove, TX (1)
- Corpus Christi, TX (1)
- Dallas, TX (3)
- Denison, TX (1)
- Dripping Springs, TX (1)
- El Paso, TX (4)
- Everman, TX (1)
- Floresville, TX (1)
- Forney, TX (1)
- Fort Worth, TX (2)
- Fredericksburg, TX (1)
- Fresno, TX (1)
- Frisco, TX (2)
- Georgetown, TX (1)
- Glenn Heights, TX (1)
- Hereford, TX (1)
- Hillsboro, TX (1)
- Houston, TX (5)
- Huntsville, TX (1)
- Itasca, TX (1)
- Jonestown, TX (1)
- Kilgore, TX (1)
- La Ward, TX (1)
- Laredo, TX (1)
- Lavernia, TX (1)
- League City, TX (1)
- Live Oak, TX (1)
- Lufkin, TX (1)
- Manor, TX (1)
- Marfa, TX (1)
- McKinney, TX (1)
- Menard, TX (1)
- Mercedes, TX (1)
- Merkel, TX (1)
- Montgomery, TX (1)
- Nocona, TX (1)
- Pasadena, TX (2)
- Pilot Point, TX (1)
- Port Aransas, TX (1)
- Ransom Canyon, TX (1)
- Rosharon, TX (1)
- Round Rock, TX (2)
- Roundrock, TX (1)
- San Antonio, TX (5)
- San Marcos, TX (1)
- Spring, TX (1)
- Sugar Land, TX (1)
- Sugarland, TX (1)
- Temple, TX (1)
- The Woodlands, TX (1)
- Tiki Island, TX (1)
- Timpson, TX (1)
- Tyler, TX (3)
- Victoria, TX (1)
ELSM Mesothelioma Settlements for Clients Living in Texas
The table below shows a few of the settlements that ELSM lawyers have helped secure for Texas mesothelioma patients and their families. We are proud to have helped these clients receive compensation to help pay for needed medical treatments, lost wages, and related uses.
Please note that individual cases vary based upon a number of factors, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. If you have any questions about your legal rights, please contact us immediately.
|State||Disease||Occupation / Exposure||Age||~ Monies to Date|
|TX||Mesothelioma||Navy / Mechanic||68||~$5,000,000|
|TX||Mesothelioma||Carpenter / Marine Corps||71||~$4,100,000|
|TX||Mesothelioma||Coast Guard US / Shipyard||67||~$4,050,000|
|TX||Mesothelioma||Hospital Worker / Hospital Worker||52||~$3,800,000|
Texas Mesothelioma Statute of Limitations
In Texas, the statute of limitations for mesothelioma and asbestos claims is 2 years from date of diagnosis. For wrongful death claims, victims’ families have 2 years from the time a loved one passes away to file their claim, according to the statute.
Because there is only a short time to gather evidence and file a claim, mesothelioma victims in Texas and their families must act quickly to find 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 rights to compensation for you or your family.
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