Mesothelioma Lawyer

Legally Reviewed By: Sam E. Taylor

From 1979 to 2002, mesothelioma—an aggressive, malignant form of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of tissues surrounding the internal organs—claimed the lives of 264 residents of Houston, Texas.

The Environmental Working Group reported in 2005 that Houston, Beaumont and Dallas were the “top Texas metropolitan areas for reported asbestos mortality from 1979 through 2002,” with Houston reporting 524 deaths.

There is no known cure for mesothelioma.

At The Lanier Law Firm, we believe no one is above the law. Our Houston mesothelioma lawyers specialize in offering individuals the same level of legal representation to everyone. We pride ourselves on our success in standing up to large companies on behalf of individuals who have experienced serious harm on account of the greed and negligence of such companies.

Why should I choose the mesothelioma attorneys at The Lanier Law Firm?

When you hire The Lanier Law Firm to handle your mesothelioma case, you can count on us for the following:

Our attorneys could work for large companies if we wanted to, but our passion is to represent the rights of individuals whose lives have been forever changed by the grievous misconduct of money-hungry companies who harmed them in exchange for labor and profit.

The below testimonials are from real clients who received extraordinary results due to hiring The Lanier Law Firm:

“I truly want to thank you for your tenacity in winning battles for your clients of mesothelioma. Our family is very grateful to know of your tireless efforts not only helping us but so many others that share the same story.”

— Kathleen R.

“I would like to thank The Lanier Law Firm for everything they have done for my family. Since my father’s first emails to them, to after his passing and the resolution of our issue, they were right there with us, caring, attentive, and super professional. I would not hesitate to recommend them!”

— B. Cirelli

The Lanier Law Firm is one of the leading mesothelioma law firms in the world. We are known worldwide and throughout Texas for our extraordinary case results, such as the below:

When should you hire a mesothelioma or asbestos attorney?

“The question of when a person should contact a lawyer following a mesothelioma diagnosis is an important one for two reasons, basically. Number one, the statute of limitations in different states can serve to bar a claim if it’s not brought timely. That statute of limitations can vary from state to state, and it can be as short as one year.

The second reason is it’s very important when the diagnosis occurs and the person contacts us to look at the case, an extensive evaluation and investigation of the exposure history needs to take place as soon as possible. Frequently, victims of mesothelioma have to go through chemotherapy treatments or deteriorate fairly quickly in terms of their health, and so it’s always best that we initiate the investigation as soon as possible to have the best chance of figuring out how a person was exposed to asbestos going back 20, 30, and 40 years ago.” – Sam Taylor

How was I exposed to asbestos fibers?

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you have almost certainly been exposed to asbestos fibers and most likely over an extended time period. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses often have extended latency periods of 20 to 50 years after exposure. This can create challenges when trying to determine the source of exposure.

Identifying the exposure source is critical to filing a claim for financial compensation. Our Houston asbestos lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm have successfully helped clients track down even the most obscure sources of exposure as far back as 50 years, thanks to over three decades of experience and extensive familiarity with the sources of exposure.

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Past Occupational Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos at work was the most common source of exposure. Asbestos is a group of silicate minerals that are nonconductive, chemically inert, and resistant to heat and fire, making them desirable in industrial and commercial applications.

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Industries That Use Asbestos Products

In Texas, the most common industries where asbestos was used are as follows:

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Oil and gas production

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Power generation

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Chemical manufacturing



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Paper mills

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Cement plants

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Texas Asbestos Health Protection Act

The Texas Asbestos Health Protection Act created standards for building owners and contractors to protect the health and safety of the public and especially workers by performing the following:

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Secondary Occupational Exposure

Secondary exposure to asbestos most commonly occurs when workers transport asbestos fibers home on their work clothes. Housewives have the second-highest mortality rate from malignant pleural mesothelioma after those exposed directly. The highest rates of exposure most likely occur while laundering tainted clothing.

Household Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos construction products were used to build many homes throughout Texas, especially homes built prior to 1980. The most common locations of asbestos in older homes include the following:

Asbestos products are not limited to the construction of the home. Asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 consumer products, including the following common household products:

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Cigarette filters