If you worked at Quality Tubing in Houston, your health may be at risk. For years, the facility had products onsite that contain asbestos, which is now known to cause an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs known as mesothelioma. You may only recently have been diagnosed with this disease, or lung cancer or asbestosis – all of which are diseases associated with exposure to asbestos, which was common in many industries prior to being regulated.
Quality Tubing is located in Houston and, according to the company, it has been the leading coiled tubing manufacturer for more than 40 years.
As reported by Bloomberg Business, Quality Tubing is a subsidiary of National Oilwell Varco, Inc., founded in 1976. It is based in Houston and also has offices in Denver, Scotland and Canada. The company offers pipe and coiled tubing manufacturing services and produces a variety of products used in the petroleum industry.
Asbestos is a set of naturally occurring silicate minerals with certain desirable properties, such as resistance to fire, heat, and electrical and chemical damage. It was affordable and widely used throughout much of the 20th century until its carcinogenic effects became well understood.
Quality Tubing in Houston used products containing large amounts of asbestos intended for safety, such as fire bricks, protective clothing and insulation. However, these products actually created health risks for workers. Employees of the Houston facility were subjected to inhalation of airborne asbestos dust, which can result in life-threatening health damage.
When inhaled, tiny asbestos particles can attach themselves to the human respiratory system and remain in place permanently, while this toxic substance slowly causes often irreversible damage. Although it can take many years, the end result in many cases is breathing disorders and diseases, including cancer. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the target organs for asbestos exposure are the respiratory system and the eyes.
One of the most devastating aspects of asbestos exposure is that the victim is often not immediately aware of the damage it is causing the body. Asbestos-related diseases can emerge decades after exposure has occurred.
If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma after working for Quality Tubing Inc. while asbestos-containing products were in use at the facility, you may have a claim for significant compensation. You should consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
At the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., we can advise you about your legal rights if you are suffering from mesothelioma or any other serious illness caused by asbestos exposure. Damages you may be entitled to claim include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, wrongful death if you have lost a loved one, and other losses.
Our experienced attorneys have been helping people in Texas since 1971. Our staff and lawyers are friendly and easy to talk to. Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation with absolutely no obligation. We can advise you as to whether you may have a case and, if so, what damages you may be entitled to recover.