For decades, Akron was a manufacturing hub for many of America’s largest corporations, particularly in the rubber industry, with large industrial plants throughout the city. Thus, Akron asbestos exposure was rife.
The rubber industry and other manufacturing firms employed tens of thousands of Akron residents, bringing prosperity to Akron, Canton, Mansfield, Warren, Youngstown and much of northeast Ohio. But along with steady employment and the growth of large corporations came Akron asbestos exposure, leading to cancer cases.
Asbestos manufactures selling and distributing asbestos for use by employers in Ohio learned of the toxic hazards and dangers of asbestos as early as the 1950s. However, many asbestos companies still chose to utilize the material because it was cheap, durable and effective in various applications.
These corporate decisions resulted in Akron industrial worksites being filled with toxic asbestos fibers that eventually broke down and filled workplaces exposing thousands of Akron industrial workers.
Akron workers found themselves in poorly ventilated work areas like boiler rooms and machine rooms with asbestos fibers lingering and easily inhaled and ingested. The highest risk jobs included Maintenance Crews, machinists, mechanics, painters, insulators, pipefitters and boilermakers, electricians and packing crews.
Medical experts and researchers have spent years studying the effects of working with asbestos and other dangerous chemicals in the rubber and tire industry.
The conclusion in numerous studies is always the same: the hazards of working in the rubber and tire industry is hazardous and workers have been regularly exposed to toxins and risk cancers like mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Thousands of Akron workers have already been diagnosed and suffered terminal illnesses, and many will continue to suffer as the latency period for asbestos-related diseases can be quite long.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Asbestos Attorney reviewing Akron asbestos exposure cases nationwide.
ABOUT THE LYON FIRM
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.
The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.
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The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.
Many Akron workers have experienced asbestos exposure through Akron worksites. Filing an asbestos lawsuit helps to raise the awareness of product and job safety, while compensating those individuals and families who have suffered as a result of hard work and loyal job service.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there were 75 different jobs that could have exposed workers to asbestos. Since that was not always common knowledge, legal action may still be possible. In fact large settlements are likely for anyone who develops lung cancer from past toxic exposure at Akron worksites.
Also, due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos, many cases are not documented until cancer develops.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.