Former workers at the Reynolds Metals and Alcoa plants may have been exposed to asbestos, and have an increased risk to develop lung diseases and deadly cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Recent medical studies have concluded aluminum smelting increases the risk of workers developing lung and bladder cancer.
Like many other companies in the aluminum and refining industry, the Cleveland, Ohio Alcoa plant commonly used asbestos as an insulator on its work sites. For decades, this dangerous material went unregulated as it posed terrible health risks, often being sent airborne and inhaled by workers in aluminum smelting facilities.
Asbestos fibers can be very dangerous, causing internal lung scarring, and in extreme cases, deadly tumors. Asbestos can rest in the lungs for many years, causing cancer including mesothelioma.
Many former workers at Alcoa plants have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos-related illnesses.
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Workers at Ohio’s Reynolds and Alcoa were possibly exposed to asbestos in several areas of the production site. And even if workers were not directly participating in the production process, all workers may have been exposed to asbestos and risk developing mesothelioma.
Asbestos was commonly used as insulation in equipment that included the following:
• Hot blast stoves
• Rolling mills
• Steam pipes
Those who develop mesothelioma may not show signs of illness for several years, even decades, after their first exposure. By the time symptoms appear, however, mesothelioma has most likely reached an advanced stage. Breathing asbestos fibers into the lungs may permanently damage tissue surrounding the lungs. This could serve as the primary source for the development of mesothelioma.
Symptoms of mesothelioma can be varied, and depend on several factors. Symptoms may include the following:
• Pain in the chest and rib area
• Persistent cough
• Trouble breathing
• Lumps of tissue on the chest and abdomen
• Stomach pain
• Swelling of the abdomen
• Weight loss
Medical professionals recommend that former Reynolds Metals and Alcoa workers contact their doctor about possible exposure to asbestos.
There are many jobs in the metal industry that regularly faced asbestos exposure hazards. The positions at Reynolds and Alcoa most commonly exposed to asbestos include:
• Maintenance Crews
Because of the overwhelming use of asbestos in Alcoa work sites around the country, many Ohio workers affected by asbestos-related diseases have sought financial compensation through litigation.
Attorneys for victims contend that asbestos manufacturers and metal corporations knew about the serious health dangers of asbestos as early as the 1930s and failed to warn employees.
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Many experience asbestos exposure through the workplace. Workplaces may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers may have failed to warn of the serious health risks of the job. Filing a suit helps to raise the awareness of job safety.
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 thought 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.
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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.