For decades, B.F. Goodrich operated in Akron, Ohio, once known as the “Rubber Capital of the World.” But despite of the great economic success of the rubber industry, thousands of former Akron BF Goodrich employees in Akron’s tire plant were exposed to toxic materials at the workplace, including asbestos.
In almost any B.F. Goodrich rubber and chemical facility in the last 50 years, asbestos fibers may have been released into the air and easily inhaled or ingested, and lodged in the lungs of employees. Exposure to asbestos fibers may lead to the development of cancers, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Asbestos was a common industrial insulator for decades because it is strong and resistant to heat, flame, and corrosion, and is now proven to be a dangerous carcinogen, causing various illnesses and cancers, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Employees who worked at B.F. Goodrich plants or throughout the rubber manufacturing industry may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma cancer.
Many former employees worked for up to 40 years at a dangerous workplace without ever knowing they were at certain risk. Tire plant workers, employees of chemical production companies, auto mechanics, shipyards and military installations were all put at risk by B.F. Goodrich and its products.
Unfortunately, even with the knowledge that workers were facing serious health hazards, corporations like B.F. Goodrich carried on manufacturing dangerous products, and failed to warn employees of the risks.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio asbestos lawyer capable of representing Akron B.F. Goodrich workers nationwide in a wide variety of asbestos exposure claims.
The Akron B.F. Goodrich Tire & Rubber Company is best known for producing automobile tires but it also manufactured a number of other products which contained asbestos, including adhesives, sealants, and aircraft components. B.F. Goodrich also provided the marine industry with various asbestos products, sold under the brand names of Superheat and Vulcalock.
Around the country, conveying systems built by B.F. Goodrich, including transportation belts and belt drives, contained asbestos. Over time, the belts frayed and asbestos entered the air. Even the conveying machines contained asbestos insulation around friction-generating components. Regardless of their position, many factory workers faced an occupational exposure.
Production plants were often filled with so much asbestos that workers could have been exposed in the cafeteria just as much as on the factory floor. All employees were at risk of asbestos exposure, including routine office workers who never directly handled any asbestos materials and only occasionally walked through manufacturing areas. Minimal asbestos exposure still carries risk of asbestos-related illnesses.
Incredibly, if a worker spent only two weeks in areas with the highest concentration of asbestos, that would be enough to be considered high-risk. However, when you consider the fact that some workers spent decades in these same positions at Akron BF Goodrich, the risk is compounded.
Asbestos-related cancers have a long latency period, and workers may not be diagnosed until many years after exposure. When they do present, symptoms of lung diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma may include:
• Chest Pain
• Trouble swallowing
• Swelling of the abdomen
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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.
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Numerous plaintiffs around the country have claims against B.F. Goodrich, many stemming from past occupational exposure to asbestos in toxic work sites or products containing asbestos.
Because there have been so many claims and lawsuits filed, an Asbestos Trust worth $80 million was set up in 2004 after a class action settlement was reached with attorneys representing thousands of U.S. rubber workers with asbestos claims. The fund is supposed to cover many Akron-area rubber and auto workers who died or later fell ill from asbestos exposure.
Employees of B.F. Goodrich and other rubber plants may have been put at risk by their employers and various manufacturers of toxic products.
If former B.F. Goodrich employees have fallen ill, or have been diagnosed with lung conditions, it may be a result of asbestos exposure. Affected employees may have a claim against B.F. Goodrich, and may consider seeking medical and legal assistance.
Questions about Akron BF Goodrich Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was first utilized in the early 1900s for its insulating abilities, fireproof properties, and versatility. It has been estimated that over 30 million tons of asbestos was used in the American economy in industrial yards, homes, schools, shipyards, and other workplaces.
The natural breakdown of asbestos products and subsequent sawing or cutting of the asbestos creates dust and fibers that are inhaled and can lead to mesothelioma and other severe forms of lung cancer.
When asbestos breaks down over time or with use, the fibers of the material can become airborne, presenting a risk of inhaling or ingesting the toxin. Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent, and those heavily exposed can develop scarring in the lungs and later develop lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.
If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.
Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was though to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous to the health.
The success rates of settlements regarding asbestos exposure injury are quite high. It may be necessary to prove that occupational exposure is the primary cause of lung cancer or mesothelioma, though this is the job of The Lyon Firm, and we have experience in reaching large mesothelioma settlements.
Our Firm will help you find the answers. The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered.
Experience: Joe Lyon is an experienced Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 19 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Asbestos lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.
Resources/Dedication: The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.
Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure asbestos settlements.
The Statute of Limitations for Asbestos
Asbestos can be found in factories, warehouses, hospitals, schools, homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military installations. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Thousands of American workers are still exposed to asbestos each year.
Mesothelioma is a serious illness that has been linked to asbestos exposure in medical literature. It is estimated that there will be thousands of new cases due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.