What is a Toxic Tort?

What is a Toxic Tort?

​In legal language, negligence, personal injury, malpractice, and similar claims fall under the umbrella of “tort law.” But have you ever heard of a “toxic tort?” If you live near an oil and gas or chemical facility, perhaps you should know more about this important cause of action.

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The Six Types of Asbestos

The Six Types of Asbestos

Most people have heard of asbestos, but don’t know that there are actually six different types of this dangerous mineral. Asbestos was used in its various forms for millions of construction projects prior to 1980, when its use was banned because it was found to cause deadly conditions. Exposure to any of the six types of asbestos can be dangerous and may lead to asbestos-related diseases or cancers. However, some types of asbestos were more commonly used than others, making exposure to them more likely.​ The six different types of asbestos have very similar effects for those people who are exposed to them.

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Understanding Asbestos

Understanding Asbestos

Asbestos is a natural mineral and extremely strong, fire-resistant material that was commonly used in construction work--particularly in plumbing and flooring materials--prior to the 1980s. While its toxicity has been widely scrutinized in recent years, many people remain unaware of its hazardous properties. Asbestos in its complete form is not dangerous, but when its fibers are broken and inhaled, they can attach themselves to a person’s lungs and cause a number of damaging complications.​​

​​Asbestos exposure can lead to long term suffering and, in some cases, death. Those who were wrongfully exposed might qualify for financial compensation. If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos and is now suffering from an asbestos-related condition, contact an experienced Houston asbestos attorney of Williams Hart today.

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Occupations at Highest Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Occupations at Highest Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Anyone who worked with or around asbestos could develop one of the harmful forms of mesothelioma cancer, however, the following workers are more likely to have encountered asbestos in their careers:

Construction Workers
Prior to 1979, construction workers were frequently required to work in close proximity to asbestos if not to be involved in its direct handling. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to a number of severe health concerns, including the development of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. Many construction workers have developed and continue to develop mesothelioma as a consequence of exposure in the workplace.​​​

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Asbestos-Related Diseases

Asbestos-Related Diseases

Asbestos is known to be a harmful substance, and it can cause several very serious physical conditions that can affect the rest of a person’s life. Most of these conditions gradually worsen over time, but won’t show signs of their presence until years after a person was initially exposed. The development of an asbestos-related condition usually follows these steps:
Inhalation of broken asbestos fibers.
Attachment of the fibers to a person’s lungs.
Gradual irritation of lungs and development of scar tissue.
Deepening of scar tissue into cancerous tumor.
Spread of cancer or other harmful conditions.

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Houston, TX – Car Accident with Injuries on Ferdinand St near Sterling St

Houston, TX (May 13, 2021) - A car accident caused injuries at an intersection in Houston on the evening of May 13. At approximately 6:20 p.m., police and EMTs were sent to the scene of an auto accident on Ferdinand Street.  Reports show that the wreck happened...

Houston, TX – Injury Collision on Bunker Hill Rd near Old Katy Rd

Houston, TX (May 13, 2021) - An injury accident occurred in Houston on the evening of May 13 that required a response from local emergency crews. The wreck was reported at around 8:24 p.m.  Reports indicate that at least one person was hurt in the crash, though...

Houston, TX – Major Vehicle Collision on Old Spanish Trl near Del Rio St

Houston, TX (May 13, 2021) - At approximately 8:30 p.m. on the evening of May 13, a major vehicle crash was reported to authorities in Houston. Paramedics and police were dispatched to the scene of the incident shortly after it took place in order to assist those...

Houston, TX – Serious Car Crash on Almeda Rd near Monticello Dr

Houston, TX (May 13, 2021) - At around 8:45 p.m. on the evening of May 13, authorities and other responders were called to assist at the scene of an accident in Houston. Sources indicate that the wreck caused injuries and traffic delays for some time.  According...

Houston, TX – Auto Accident on Little York Rd, Hoffman Middle School

Houston, TX (May 12, 2021) - A major accident took place in Houston on the morning of May 12 that required a response from local responders. According to reports, the wreck occurred at around 11:33 a.m.  At least one person sustained injuries in the collision...

Houston, TX – Traffic Wreck near S State Hwy 6 & Westheimer Rd

Houston, TX (May 12, 2021) - An auto accident resulted in injuries on a roadway in Houston on the evening of May 12. Reports from authorities show that the incident happened just before 6:00 p.m. for reasons still being investigated.  Numerous responders...

Houston, TX – Auto Collision on Webster St near Milam St

Houston, TX (May 12, 2021) - At approximately 6:44 p.m. on the evening of May 10, a report concerning a motor vehicle accident was made to authorities in Houston. Police and EMTs were dispatched to the crash scene immediately after the call was made in order to render...

Houston, TX – One Killed in Traffic Accident on Wayne St in Kashmere Gardens

Houston, TX (May 12, 2021) - Police in Houston are currently investigating the circumstances of an accident that took one life on Monday, May 10. According to reports, the wreck happened at around 9:20 p.m. when the driver of a Dodge Laramie lost control.  The...

Harris County, TX – Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on Greenhouse near Cullen Park

Harris County, TX (May 11, 2021) - A driver is currently facing a DWI charge after causing the death of a motorcyclist just east of Katy in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 11. The incident was reported to authorities just before 2:00 a.m.  Reports show...

Houston, TX – Injury Accident on Glenmont Dr near Rampart St

Houston, TX ( May 10, 2021) - An auto accident happened in Houston on the afternoon of May 10 that resulted in injuries and delays. First responders were dispatched to the scene of the wreck shortly after it occurred in order to assist those with injuries.  The...