Todd Shipyards operated facilities in several locations, including Houston. Hundreds of claims for asbestos exposure have been filed against the company to date, and it is expected many more will follow. As the progression of the disease is slow, victims are often not diagnosed until decades have passed. Diagnosis most often comes far too late to save or greatly extend the life of a victim who was exposed to asbestos during the 1970s or earlier.
Todd Shipyards Corporation was organized in June 1916 and named after William Henry Todd. It is one of the oldest shipbuilding companies in the country and at one time had operations in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Galveston and Houston.
The company flourished in the 1980s during the defense spending era of President Ronald Reagan. Later it survived three years in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As Todd Shipyards’ shipbuilding projects decreased and claims for asbestos exposure were filed, the shipyards in New Orleans, Houston and Los Angeles were shut down in 1989 as a cost-saving measure.
In 2010, Vigor Industrial bought the company for $130 million and currently operates shipyards in Brooklyn, San Francisco and Oakland. To prevent exposure, Vigor instituted asbestos safety procedures.
Former workers worked in areas in which asbestos was abundant at the Todd Shipyards facilities. Construction crews, welders and other workers were exposed to a large amount of asbestos, as the substance was commonly used in the shipbuilding and ship-repair industry during this period.
Former Todd Shipyards workers may only now be diagnosed with mesothelioma, as the disease generally takes decades to develop.
Up until the 1970s, asbestos was widely used across the nation in construction and shipbuilding projects. Asbestos-containing materials were used for insulation on pipes and electrical equipment to protect equipment and systems from fire damage and overheating. Gaskets and epoxies used to bind crucial components contained asbestos fibers as a main ingredient.
Shipyard workers were frequently exposed to asbestos during this period. Insulators, ship fitters, pipefitters, electricians, machinists, painters and boilermakers were all potentially exposed.
If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos while working for Todd Shipyards and suffered serious health consequences as a result, you may be entitled to file a claim for significant compensation. It is in your best interests to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
The experienced attorneys at Kraft & Associates, P.C. have been helping injured people in Texas since 1971. We offer a free case consultation during which we can advise you about your legal options.
Contact our office now to get started taking action. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. If you have lost a loved one, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim.