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This case raises the question whether a plaintiff may bring separate actions for separate latent occupational diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. Specifically, we must decide whether the single action rule or the statute of limitations bars Henry Pustejovsky, who settled an asbestosis suit with one defendant in 1982, from bringing suit against different defendants twelve years later for asbestos-related cancer. The trial court granted summary judgment for the defendants based on limitations. The court of appeals affirmed, holding that under the single action rule, Pustejovsky’s cause of action for cancer accrued, and limitations began to run, when he knew of the asbestosis. 980 S.W.2d 828, 833. We conclude, however, that neither the single action rule nor the statute of limitations bars Pustejovsky’s later claim for asbestos-related cancer. Accordingly, we reverse the court of appeals’ judgment and remand this case to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

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Henry J. Pustejovsky, Jr. was exposed to asbestos from 1954 to 1979 while employed as a metal pourer with Alcoa Aluminum in Rockdale, Texas. In the late 1970s or early 1980s, Pustejovsky learned from co-workers that exposure to asbestos could be harmful. In 1982, Pustejovsky consulted an attorney, who arranged for a doctor to examine Pustejovsky to determine whether exposure to asbestos fibers at work had affected his health. The doctor found scarring on Pustejovsky’s lungs and diagnosed him with asbestosis, a nonmalignant disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. The doctor also informed him that the asbestosis resulted from his years of working around asbestos products. In 1982, Pustejovsky sued Johns-Manville Corporation, an asbestos supplier, for damages related to his asbestosis. That suit was promptly settled out of court for approximately $25,000.

 
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