Thousands of former and current employees of the Bridgestone-Akron Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, and other Ohio rubber plants are at risk of developing mesothelioma and other forms of lung cancer as a result of continual asbestos exposure.
Asbestos was a popular building insulator for many years because of its flexible strength, and resistance to heat and corrosion. It is now known to cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and other serious pulmonary disorders. Asbestos filled Akron’s Firestone factory facilities.
As a result, former Firestone workers employed in the rubber manufacturing industry at any point may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma and other forms of lung cancer. Unfortunately, even knowing workers faced a dire health hazard, many asbestos manufactures failed to warn employees of the known risks.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio asbestos lawyer capable of representing former Firestone workers nationwide mesothelioma or other lung cancer asbestos claims.
The Akron Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is best known for producing automobile tires but it also manufactured a number of other products, including rubberized gaskets, containing asbestos. Asbestos gaskets were used to seal pipes, pumps, and equipment. Some rubber manufacturing plants used raw asbestos in mixtures to produce rubber sheets that were used for gaskets, seals and electrical insulations.
Regardless of their employment position in the last 40 years, most Firestone workers faced an occupational asbestos exposure. Production sites were built with asbestos bricks, drywall, and heating and water pipes. Firestone workers are therefore at serious risk of the numerous illnesses linked to asbestos exposure.
The following jobs are associated with an increase risk of asbestos related diseases.
As early as the 1940s, medical professionals expressed concerns over the hazards of asbestos dust and asbestosis. For decades, these warnings were ignored by the asbestos industry, and today it is estimated that more than 20 million Americans are at risk of developing mesothelioma in their lifetime, primarily due to asbestos exposure at the workplace.
Even after the first case of mesothelioma was linked to asbestos exposure in 1964, many asbestos manufactures failed to warn Firestone workers and those workers still operated without warning of the serious health risks. Asbestos fibers easily circulate through the air and thereby possibly inhaled and lodged in the tissue surrounding the lungs. This can lead to the development of deadly cancers, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
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Asbestos-related diseases are known to have a long latency period, meaning that former Firestone workers may not be diagnosed with a condition until many years after initial exposure. When they do present, symptoms of lung diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma may include:
• Chest pain
• Persistent cough
• Trouble swallowing
• Swelling of the abdomen
• Trouble Breathing
In 2013, a California jury awarded almost $39 million to five victims of mesothelioma. Several defendants were named, including Bridgestone-Firestone Tire & Rubber. The victims developed asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma, after working with asbestos-containing auto parts at the workplace.
The jury found the defendants grossly negligent in the case, and compensated the victims and families for punitive damages and economic losses. The court found the companies had “failed to carry an adequate warning detailing the asbestos content or health risk.”
An Asbestos Trust totaling $80 million was established in 2004 after insurance giant Travelers reached a settlement with attorneys representing thousands of United States rubber workers with asbestos claims.
The fund is meant to cover about 14,000 claims from Ohio, many of them Akron rubber workers who died or developed serious illnesses from asbestos exposure. Some attorneys say many more claims and lawsuits are to follow.
Employees of Firestone in Akron and other Ohio rubber plants may have been put at risk by their employers and various manufacturers of toxic products. If former Firestone Tire workers have fallen ill and diagnosed with serious lung conditions, it may be a result of past asbestos exposure. Affected employees may have a claim against Bridgestone-Firestone Inc., and should consider seeking experience legal assistance.
The Lyon Firm is dedicated to representing injured plaintiffs in asbestos exposure and toxic tort lawsuits nationwide. We work with industry experts to determine the root cause of cancer and reach settlements with large corporations.
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 lug 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 tot he 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.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.