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Utex

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Utex was founded in 1940 in Houston, Texas, and at first, operated as a gasket cutter and general line distributor. Once the business started flourishing, it expanded to molded rubber packings for pumps and valves and various sealing products and services. As its products contained high levels of asbestos, numerous workers became ill and sued, which led Utex to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 11.

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Utex employees exposed to asbestos

Priorly known as Universal Packing and Gasket, the company changed its name to Utex Industries in 1969. It is renowned for inventing “the first nonadjustable plunger packing material designed to address reciprocating pump-sealing problems”, which contained nitrile rubber and nylon fabric composite laminated material. Utex also made use of asbestos while in business, as numerous of the products they were manufacturing at the time required a durable material to increase their quality and lifespan. Plenty of workers were thereby exposed to this carcinogenic mineral, many of whom have later came to suffer from harrowing diseases such as asbestosis, COPD, and lung cancer. As the company was no longer able to compensate injured workers after 1980, they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and subsequently created a trust fund for future claimants.

The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of the asbestos exposure which occurred at Utex are factory workers, pipefitters, and maintenance workers. However, veterans may also have been exposed to asbestos products manufactured by Utex, particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy as the majority of ships were constructed using asbestos products. In addition to pumps, these were the most common asbestos products manufactured by Utex during the last century.

Thousands of Utex employees began suffering from terrible diseases after 1980

If you are diagnosed with a cancerous disease, you or a family member will deal with our staff over the phone and via emails ONLY, no need to travel at all. If you pass away before or during the process, surviving family members will receive the amount awarded by the claims.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If you receive the diagnosis of a noncancerous disease, we will need to do more testing (X-rays, breathing, and blood tests) done at our medical facility in Birmingham, Alabama, where you will be accurately diagnosed.

Asbestosis Pulmonary Fibrosis Pleural Plaques Pleural Effusion Diffuse Pleural Thickening COPD Emphysema Chronic Bronchitis Pleurisy Lung Nodules Lung Spots Asthma Tuberculosis Pneumonitis Histoplasmosis Rounded Atelectasis Lung Scarring Bladder Cancer

The spouses and children of Utex workers might have also been exposed to asbestos


Also known as domestic exposure, secondary exposure refers to the instances in which a person comes in contact with a harmful agent without being nearby the source of contamination. Secondary asbestos exposure takes place when one inhales or ingests asbestos fibers indirectly, such as from the clothes of a family member who works with the mineral. In fact, this was the most common way secondary asbestos exposure would occur during the last century, as companies – including Utex – did not require employees to change clothes or shower before leaving the facility. Thereby, workers would often come home covered with asbestos dust, unwittingly putting the health of their dear ones in danger. Since asbestos fibers are microscopic, they could also easily attach themselves to furniture covered with fabric, such as armchairs and couches, where they would remain for decades.

Have you shared the same house with someone who worked at Utex and is now struggling with a serious disease? If so, we advise you to contact our attorneys at your earliest convenience, as you, too, are eligible for compensation from the asbestos trust fund of the company. With the aid of a specialized lawyer, you will benefit from the money you deserve in the shortest amount of time possible. Our attorneys specialize in cases of asbestos exposure and have so far helped over 230,000 injured people. It is important to take action as soon as you find out about your diagnosis, as asbestos cases have a statute of limitations. If the statute of limitations, which varies depending on the state, expires, you lose your right to compensation. Do not hesitate to give us a call and we will gladly help you navigate the legal process.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

The surviving family members of a worker who developed a disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure but has not taken legal action during their lifetime are also eligible for compensation. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members, our attorneys will help you recover the money you deserve on behalf of your loved one. While it is very complex, the legal process requires minimal involvement on your part, as the majority of the aspects, such as the claim and the documents which must accompany it, will be efficiently handled by our legal team. If you have a family member who lost their lives to a disease that was caused by workplace asbestos exposure, do not hesitate to contact our law firm for quality legal assistance. It is important to know that, because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.