Because of the extreme fire hazards at power plants, asbestos insulation was once thought to be the most effective solution to safety risks, and asbestos was regularly installed in the walls, pipes, boilers, electric and most machinery. As a result, many American Electric Power Company workers may have been exposed to asbestos, possibly inhaling asbestos fibers, and potentially causing serious cancers like mesothelioma.
Thousands of American Electric Company workers in power plants, especially welders, electricians, pipefitters and maintenance workers were in contact with asbestos insulated areas and are endangered. American Electric Company workers who were exposed to asbestos fibers may develop scarring in the tissue surrounding the lungs, which is known to lead to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
As such, thousands of former American Electric Power workers and other power plants workers have filed claims against their employers for failing to provide safe work environments and for failing to warn workers of the risks of the workplace.
Nearly any American Electric Power worker could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated asbestos lawyer investigating mesothelioma and lung cancer claims for former American Electric Company workers. The Firm works nationally and accepts cases on full contingency to eliminate the financial risk from the family.
The regular incidence of asbestos-related deaths has been documented globally in the power production industry. A study published by the British Journal of Industrial Medicine concludes that even minimal asbestos exposure experienced by power plant workers “may induce malignant mesothelioma.”
Aside from AEP facilities being lined with asbestos, power plant workers raised their risk of exposure by wearing asbestos-containing protective clothing, including aprons, gloves and masks. The following asbestos-containing products were commonly used in power plants:
• Fire-resistant clothing
• Insulation in boiler rooms
• Electric cable insulation
• Fire blankets
• Metal mesh blankets
• Pipe insulation
• Welder’s blankets
A recent study published by the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology concluded that a vast number of employees in the power generation industry have an increased risk of exposure to asbestos, and may lead to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. American Power Plant workers are at “high-risk” the following positions:
• Maintenance Crews
• Boiler operators
Asbestos-related illnesses may take decades to present, so former Ohio Power Plant workers should remain cognizant of possible signs and symptoms. Mesothelioma, which affects the tissue that surrounds the lungs, causes signs and symptoms that may include:
• Chest pain
• Painful coughing
• Shortness of breath
• Unusual lumps of tissue in the chest
• Weight loss
Ohio ranks among the top ten states with people likely to develop deadly cancers such as mesothelioma decades after exposure at the workplace. The large number of power plants historically operating in Ohio is a serious health concern.
Lawyers claim management at many power plants knew about the adverse effects of asbestos, and failed to warn employees about the dangers, or provide proper safety equipment. American courts have found several power companies negligent in the past, and more lawsuits are likely to be filed as victims come forward.
Any person who may have been exposed to asbestos at a power plant and subsequently diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer may have a claim . Please contact an experienced asbestos attorney to see if you have a claim.
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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.
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.
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.
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 Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.
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