Houston trial lawyers providing justice for victims of personal injuries from Mesothelioma & Asbestosis for the past thirty years.
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The Houston law firm of Owsley & Associates is one of the most widely known and respected names in Texas Mesothelioma & Asbestosis personal injury law today and for the past 30 years. The firms principal lawyer Steven Owsley is a native Houstonian. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all Texas trial lawyers.
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If you or someone you love has been affected by Mesothelioma & Asbestosis and suffered personal injury we are here to help you get the justice and compensation you legally deserve. We make sure you receive the financial compensation you deserve when you have sustained personal injury or property damages arising from Mesothelioma & Asbestosis in Texas.
If you or someone you know in Texas is suffering from lung cancer and/or lung disease asbestosis, mesothelioma or other asbestos related diseases caused by asbestos or asbestos containing products, you may be eligible to file a claim.
Studies have shown that asbestos particles in the air can cause mesothelioma lung cancer and lung disease asbestosis, and many former and all new uses of asbestos in the U.S. have been banned.
Owsley and Associates have a dedicated team ready to take your call and review your case. Asbestos and Mesothelioma related symptoms should be taken very seriously. Call 713-275-6900 today to speak with us about your rights and treatments.
What is Malignant Mesothelioma?
Malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the sac lining the chest (the pleura) or abdomen (the peritoneum). Most people with malignant mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they breathed asbestos. A doctor should be seen if a person has shortness of breath, pain in the chest, or pain or swelling in the abdomen. If there are symptoms, the doctor may order an x-ray of the chest or abdomen
What is Asbestosis?
Inhaled asbestos particles can cause a scarring of the lung tissue called pulmonary asbestosis. Over a long period of time (the latency period is 10 to 30 or more years), microscopic asbestos fibers that are retained in the lung tissue can cause scarring to occur in the alveoli; the tiny balloon-like structures in the lungs where oxygen is distributed to the blood vessels. It takes many years for this scarring to become visible on an x-ray or CT-scan.
Pulmonary asbestosis is not treatable or curable. It is a progressive disease that gets worse over time and never goes away. Some people, however, can have pulmonary asbestosis that is visible on an x-ray and have no symptoms. Similarly, many people who develop pulmonary asbestosis never see or feel a progression of their disease.
Who Is Exposed?
An estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.
What Are the Dangers of Asbestos Exposure?
Exposure to asbestos can cause asbestosis (scarring of the lungs resulting in loss of lung function that often progresses to disability and to death); mesothelioma (cancer affecting the membranes lining the lungs and abdomen); lung cancer; and cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, and rectum.
Lung cancer (also known as bronchogenic carcinoma) is a disease that can be caused by asbestos exposure, particularly in people who also smoked cigarettes. All lung cancer cell types can be caused by asbestos. These include Aden carcinoma, bronchoalveolar, small cell, large cell, oat cell and squamous cell. Primary lung cancers caused by asbestos may occur in either lung and may be located in any of the lobes of the lung. Additionally, lung cancer can be related to asbestos exposure whether or not a person also has pulmonary asbestosis or asbestos-related pleural disease.
Probably the most common asbestos-related illness is asbestos-related pleural disease. Also called pleural asbestosis, pleural plaques or pleural thickening, it is a scarring of the lining of the lung caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos-related pleural disease has a long latency period (10 to 30 or more years from first exposure) and can be detected on a chest x-ray or CT-scan. Like pulmonary asbestosis, asbestos-related pleural disease is untreatable and incurable. There are many different degrees of asbestos-related pleural disease. Discrete, small areas of pleural scarring are called pleural plaques. While they usually begin as very small areas of scarring, they can grow over time, and become calcified and hard. Pleural plaques alone are usually not symptomatic, but they can be.
Please contact us today about your Houston Mesothelioma & Asbestosis occurrence and Steven or Shawn will personally review the information you provide and will contact you to discuss your legal options