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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.

If You Worked at Utex before 1980, You Are Now at High Risk for Developing Lung Disease

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 recipocrating 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.

Nowadays, if you were employed at Utex and have a diagnosis which might be related to occupational asbestos exposure, you can easily recover the compensation you are entitled to by filing a claim with their trust fund. A lawyer who specializes in asbestos litigation will be of tremendous help in this regard, as they have the necessary knowledge and resources to pursue your case. For the past 28 years, the attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have been handling primarily asbestos exposure cases, having collectively obtained over $1.4 billion for their clients. Regardless of your illness and circumstances of exposure, we strongly encourage you to give us a call and we will promptly put you in touch with one of our skilful lawyers. The only documents you need to provide are your employment and medical records, after which we will eagerly start building your case.

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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 are 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 statue of limitations, which varies depending on 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.