Asbestos drilling mud (part 1)

May 20, 2011 @ 04:23 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi and Texas asbestos drilling mud mesothelioma lawyer, I understand the history of asbestos drilling mud. During the 1960s through the late 1980s, asbestos was used in drilling mud on offshore drilling rigs, onshore drilling rigs and inland drilling barges. As such, if you worked on these drilling rigs and barges, you might have been exposed to asbestos products. Often, pure asbestos fibers was added directly into the drilling mud. Asbestos fibers would give the drilling mud a thicker consistency, as well as give it fireproof protection. When workers had to dump thee bags of asbestos fibers into the drilling mud, they were often not provided with any proper protective equipment. As such, these workers breathed in pure asbestos fibers, potentially causing them serious harm. These harms include:


Lung cancer

Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing


Pulmonary fibrosis

Lung irritation, and

Chest pain.

Even if you do not have these problems, you should still be tested if you had asbestos exposure.

During the 60's through 80's, asbestos was used in many forms in offshore and land drilling muds. Some of the products were pure asbestos, while others only had a portion of asbestos. Many offshore oil rig workers remember working with a 50 pound sack of white flaky material which was added to the drilling mud. Unfortunately, these offshore workers were not given the proper safety protection. Although the U.S. government prohibited the use of asbestos in the 1970's, many companies said the law did not apply to them offshore or on the inshore drilling barges.

If you were offshore or on a drilling barge, you can file under the Jones Act. Under this Act, an offshore worker may sue his former employer for any illness or injury which occurred. The Jones Act provides powerful remedies for injured workers which can produce great results. A lawsuit under the Jones Act and general maritime law has to be filed within three (3) years of DISCOVERY of the illness or injury. Thus, even though a person was exposed in the 1960's-1980's, they may still file suit after discovering their illness.

Contact Corpus Christi and Texas asbestos drilling mud and mesothelioma lawyer Scott Nelson if you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos drilling mud. Mr. Nelson serves Laredo, Brownsville, McAllen and all of Texas.