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Many types of workplaces are known for endangering employees in the past by exposing workers to asbestos in work areas and failing to warn and protect them from the toxic substances. There is no safe level of exposure to toxins like asbestos. Chronic and short-term exposure to asbestos may lead to serious adverse health problems like mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

Employers who failed to provide personal protective equipment, or did not warn employees of asbestos-laden areas at the work site, may be liable for damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs incurred by victims and families.

Contact an asbestosis lawyer with any questions related to working in an area that may have had asbestos on site.

Any formerly exposed worker in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana could be at risk of developing severe health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Asbestosis Lawyer and Catastrophic injury attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.

What is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused specifically by inhaling asbestos dust or fibers. Long-term exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to the scarring of lung tissue scarring. Asbestosis symptoms can be mild or severe, and usually don’t appear until many years after a worker’s exposure.

Asbestos was used in many industrial applications and many workers did not know when or where they were exposed. Employers, however, beginning in the 1950’s had some idea of the dangers and still failed to failed to provide safe workplaces.

The federal government began regulating the use of asbestos in the 1970s, though in thousands of cases, the damage was already done. Cases of mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer are still being diagnosed from the negligence of employers.

High levels of asbestos dust exposure over a long period of time can lead to fibers lodged within the alveoli (tiny sacs inside your lungs where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide in your blood). Asbestos fibers irritate and scar lung tissue, causing secondary health issues.

Symptoms of Asbestosis

Asbestosis signs and symptoms may not present for up for 10 to 40 years after initial asbestos exposure. Common symptoms may be similar to other lung conditions like mesothelioma, and can include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • A persistent cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Clubbing of fingers and toes: finger and toes appear wider and rounder than normal
  • Chest pain

Workers Risking Asbestosis Illness

  • Asbestos miners
  • Aircraft mechanics
  • Auto mechanics
  • Boiler operators
  • Construction workers
  • Electricians
  • Railroad workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Power plant workers
  • Steel Workers
  • Renovators
  • Maintenance Crews
  • Insulators
  • Hospital Workers
  • School Staff

Asbestosis Lawyer

Companies throughout the nation have a responsibility to protect employees from toxic exposure. In the United States, federal law requires employers to take certain occupational safety measures, including issuing warnings and protective equipment.

Many factories, warehouses and other workplaces have materials such as pipes, insulation, flooring and machinery that may contain asbestos. When these dangerous materials containing asbestos are damaged, asbestos fibers may be released and cause long-term health damage to workers.


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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.

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Why are Asbestos Cases important?

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.


Questions about Asbestos & Asbestosis

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 though 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  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.

Statute of Limitations

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.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)


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