Port Arthur Asbestos Lawyer
Why contact a Port Arthur Mesothelioma Lawyer
- You can be affected by Mesothelioma even if your exposure to asbestos was minimal
- A Port Arthur Mesothelioma Attorney from Ketterman Rowland & Westlund can seek financial compensation
- Your Port Arthur Mesothelioma Lawyer from Ketterman Rowland & Westlund has the experience needed to handle these difficult cases
- Speak to a Port Arthur Asbestos Attorney today call (855) 579-5299
How a Port Arthur Mesothelioma Attorney Can Help You
A Mesothelioma diagnosis can be devastating. Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of cancers, but Mesothelioma is arguably the most insidious. Our Port Arthur Asbestos Lawyers have handled numerous cases where this toxic substance has forever altered someone’s life, but Mesothelioma is especially troublesome because even low levels of exposure can cause the disease.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with Mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos at work or at home, we can help. If your concerned about exposure to asbestos, your Port Arthur Mesothelioma Lawyer will first recommend that you contact your primary physician for an x-ray referral.
Port Arthur Asbestos Attorney
What is Asbestos, and Who Can Be Affected By It?
Asbestos is a mineral used in a variety of construction materials used in Port Arthur, and has many other uses because of its fire-retardant and insulating properties. The danger lies in the microscopic fibers that can be inhaled, which damage the lungs and causes cancers, including Mesothelioma.
These fibers can also attach themselves to clothing, which means you can be at risk for Mesothelioma even if you are not working directly with asbestos. If you are exposed to asbestos in your Port Arthur home or on the job, you may not develop Mesothelioma for many years. This underscores why it’s so important to speak with a Port Arthur Mesothelioma Attorney immediately if you’ve been diagnosed with this terrible disease.
Contact a Port Arthur Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
At Ketterman Rowland & Westlund, we take a compassionate approach to difficult Mesothelioma cases. Your Port Arthur Mesothelioma Attorney has the experience needed to seek financial compensation if you or someone you love developed Mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos. Contact us today for a free Mesothelioma consultation in Port Arthur.
About Port Arthur TX
For over a century, Port Arthur has been celebrated as a Gulf Coast community. However, its timeline is only a fraction of the greater history of the inhabitants of the area. For over 1,500 years the shores of Sabine Lake have been inhabited by tribes of American Indians, mainly the Atakapas, who were the earliest known settlers. The first arrival of the first white settlers didn’t occur until the late 1700’s and included the French, the Spanish, and the English, all European. The majority of these explorers didn’t stay. However, the lake became a trade avenue during the 1800’s. The world famous Jean Laffite was among the traders and the legends of hidden treasure still remain in Southeast Texas.
It was in the settlement of Aurora that the first attempt at settling the region permanently was made. Aurora, is located in what is currently known as historic Port Arthur. Although the project failed to come to fruition, in 1840, some lots were sold. By the time Port Author was founded, and that region was abandoned.
Two men named Gates and Stillwell decided to visit Port Arthur in 1899. Mr. Gates soon realized that he wanted to have an interest in the development of this promising, new settlement as Mr. Stillwell had already invested in the venture. By using highly questionable means, Mr. Gates had Mr. Stilwell’s interest in the venture declared bankrupt after being denied a position on the board of the railroad. Then, Mr. Gates became the president of Kansas City Southern Railroad.
The inspiration for the establishment of Port Arthur was intriguing as a pioneer of the railroad named Arthur Stilwell, who founded the community, later wrote that the ideas location of his namesake community as well as for his railways came from the brownies who spoke to him.
With some financial assistance from some Dutch investors, in 1895, Mr. Stilwell started to settle the new community. As the founder of what is currently known as the Kansas City Southern Railroad Mr. Stilwell envisioned Port Arthur as a center for tourism and trade as well as the southern terminus for his new railroad system. The official beginnings of the settlement date back to its 1898 incorporation.
Mr. Stilwell had established the Port Arthur Channel and Dock Company by that time and starting cutting a canal next to the western edge of the lake to deep water at Sabine Pass. In 1899, with the arrival of the British Steamer named St. Oswald, the port was opened for seagoing shipping.
Numerous white settlers arrived and started opening businesses and building homes. The contributions that Mr. Stilwell made include an Export Pier into Lake Sabine, a natatorium that served all of the residents of the community, and the Sabine Hotel on Lakeshore Drive. In addition, he also brought 300 Dutch colonists to start a new life as farmers in this rich coastal prairie. Their cultural contributions can still be found in close by Nederland, although many of the Dutch names have been lost to Port Arthur.
Mr. Gates soon became the force that moved the development of Port Arthur even with his inauspicious start. In 1901, the oil gusher named Spindletop, helped Mr. Gates construct the Mary Gates Hospital in 1909 and establish the Port Arthur Business College, which is currently known as Lamar-Port Arthur that same year. At a cost of some $50,000, Mr. Gates had a magnificent home constructed on Lakeshore Drive.
The fate of Port Arthur was forever changed in 1901, with the eruption of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop. The port started serving the needs of companies that included the Gulf Oil Corporation in 1901, and the Texaco Company in 1902. Texaco built refining facilities in the community and started it’s new petrochemical industry. Port Arthur was considered to be the hub for the most prosperous oil refining facilities in the world by 1957.
What is currently known as Port Arthur encompasses, what were initially several of different communities, that were established for different reasons at different times. Lakeview, Pear Ridge, and Griffing Park are among those that have been incorporated by Port Arthur over the years. However, the names remain commonly used. Two other communities, Port Acres and Sabine Pass are still frequently considered to be self-contained communities. The fact is that Sabine Pass has its own zip code, port authority, water district, and school district. The communities of Groves, Port Neches, and Nederland that all have their own rich histories, are the closest neighbors to Port Arthur in Jefferson County.
There are numerous residents of Port Arthur who have left their mark on the nation in business, politics, sports, and the arts. Although some of the most notable names include Businessman Mack Hannah Jr, actress Evelyn Keyes, who acted in the movie Gone with the Wind, football player Joe Washington Jr., football coach Jimmy Johnson, Olympic athlete Babe Zaharias, Texas Governor Allen Shivers, and artist Robert Rauschenberg, although Janis Joplin is easily the most recognizable international rock star from Port Arthur. Honored in the Museum of the Gulf Coast are these and many other names.