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Former workers at Pataskala, Ohio’s Allen Refractories Co. may have been exposed to asbestos, and may develop lung diseases like asbestosis and cancers like mesothelioma.

Allen Refractories Company, founded in 1970, is one of Ohio’s leading manufacturers of refractory materials—heat-resistant materials used to line high-temperature industrial equipment such as furnaces. The company produced refractories, furnace fittings, and other potentially toxic products.

The company developed these heat-resistant products during a period when asbestos use was prevalent because of the material’s durability and fire-resistant capabilities. Unfortunately, for years this material went unregulated and posed serious risks to workers in Allen’s Ohio plants and factories throughout the country.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio asbestos lawyer  representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of asbestos, toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.

The Risks of Asbestos Exposure at Allen Refractories

Many former workers at asbestos manufacturers in Ohio have been diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases. Workers at the Columbus and Canal Winchester, Ohio Allen Refractories plants are likely to have been exposed to asbestos.

The fibers from asbestos can be lodged in the lungs, which can cause scarring and malignant tumors. Asbestos fibers can lay dormant in the lungs for decades, often causing cancer and other disorders, including mesothelioma.

Allen Refractories Asbestos Products

Many of Allen Refractories’ products were used in industrial processes and contained asbestos to resist extremely high temperatures. Allen Refractories asbestos-containing products included the following:

•    Refractory brick
•    Fiber
•    Casting products
•    Pouring pit refractories
•    Precast shapes

Industries Affected by Allen Refractories Asbestos Products

Allen Refractories Company served various industries with potentially dangerous products. Some of the more common industries included:

•    Incineration
•    Minerals processing
•    Foundries
•    Aluminum
•    Power generation
•    Chemical and carbon processing
•    Glass
•    Petro-chemical
•    Ferro (Iron) alloys
•    Pulp and paper

Occupations at Risk at Allen Refractories

As with similar asbestos manufacturers, Pataskala, Ohio’s Allen Refractories supplied its products to numerous different companies, which in turn affected a wide variety of workers. The most likely types of workers affected by asbestos in Allen’s products include:

•    Metal workers
•    Engineers
•    Boiler Operator
•    Bricklayer
•    Insulator
•    Laborer
•    Machinist
•    Maintenance Mechanic
•    Millwright
•    Pipefitter
•    Plumber
•    Steamfitter
•    Welder

Ohio Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Allen Refractories has been named as a defendant in numerous lawsuits contending workers of Allen and other companies were injured by asbestos-containing products.

Allen continues dealing with the legal consequences as lawyers contend that the products led directly to mesothelioma and related diseases in former employees. Like many other former Ohio manufacturers, Allen still faces a significant number of personal injury claims.

When Allen Refractories began using asbestos in the 1970s, there were already many medical studies which indicated asbestos was extremely toxic. Most of the warnings, however, were ignored and the company put workers at risk. Allen is likely to face additional asbestos lawsuits, as related diseases often present themselves many years after initial exposure.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

By the time symptoms appear, mesothelioma has usually already reached an advanced stage. Symptoms of mesothelioma can be varied, and may include the following:

•    Pain in the chest and rib area
•    Persistent cough
•    Trouble breathing
•    Mysterious lumps of tissue on the chest and abdomen
•    Stomach pains
•    Swelling of the abdomen
•    Weight loss


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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.

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.


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.

Questions about Asbestos & Ohio Allen Refractories

What is Asbestos?

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.

Why is Asbestos Toxic?

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.

What Materials Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

Why Did Companies Use Asbestos?

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.

Is it hard to win an asbestos case?

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.

Why Hire the Lyon Firm

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 Cincinnati Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 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: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. 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 results.

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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.

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