Workers at Bethlehem Steel were exposed to asbestos, and may develop lung diseases, including mesothelioma.
Many former workers at steel plants have been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers, and other serious diseases. The bulk of the cases have been proven to be caused by toxic work sites managed by negligent employers in the steel industry.
The fibers from asbestos can be lodged in the lungs, which can cause permanent damage, and in some cases, tumors. Inhaled asbestos fibers can directly cause cancer and other disorders, including mesothelioma.
Nearly any worker in a steel works could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Asbestos Lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims. The Firm can investigate any toxic exposure issue for Bethlehem Steel workers and accepts cases on contingency fees to eliminate any financial risk for the families we represent.
Asbestos was used in steel plants for building and machinery insulation. Countless Americans in industrial plants have been exposed to asbestos. Data from the World Health Organization show about 30 percent of deaths from occupational cancer each year could be caused by toxic exposure.
Asbestos was found in equipment that included the following:
• Hot blast stoves
• Rolling mills
• Steam pipes
Bethlehem Steel plant positions commonly exposed to asbestos include:
• Pipefitters & Plumbers
• Maintenance Crews
In addition to working in the buildings themselves, plant workers at Bethlehem Steel were also likely exposed to toxins through protective garments.
The clothing was meant to protect workers from extreme temperatures, though history shows the measures proved fatal in many cases. Toxic fibers within the clothing were released and possibly inhaled by workers at Bethlehem Steel.
Breathing asbestos fibers into the lungs could serve as the primary source for victims who develop lung cancer and, possibly mesothelioma.
Cases of mesothelioma are often diagnosed 20 years or more after a person was first exposed. By the time symptoms appear, the cancer has most likely reached a later stage.
Symptoms of mesothelioma 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
Lawyers claim that asbestos manufacturers knew about potential health dangers of asbestos products but failed to warn anyone, and put profits before steel workers including Bethlehem Steel workers.
Steel plants may have a substantial injury claim due to the amount of toxic products they likely were exposed.
The natural breakdown of asbestos products and subsequent sawing or cutting of the material creates dust and fibers that are inhaled and can lead to mesothelioma and other severe forms of lung cancer. Unlike some other ingested toxins which may be flushed from the body over time, the toxic fibers usually remain embedded in the lungs.
When asbestos fibers are released into the air, they can be trapped in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation.
Secondary exposure is also possible through fibers traveling on a family members clothing. Due to health concerns, all new uses of asbestos were banned in July 1989.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) all consider asbestos a known carcinogen.
Each year hundreds of Ohio men and women are diagnosed with lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma—asbestos-related illnesses potentially due to past exposure. The vast majority of those who develop lung cancer and mesothelioma worked in an environment where toxins were present.
Workplaces may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers may have failed to warn of the serious health risks of the job. Examples of related illness include:
Although adenocarcinoma lung cancer is associated with smoking, studies indicate exposure to asbestos may cause this form of deadly cancer. Inhaling asbestos fibers at the workplace over months or years put individuals at high risk for developing adenocarcinoma lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. In terms of duration or dose, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure.
Mesothelioma is a serious illness that has been linked to asbestos exposure in medical literature with a latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed. A diagnosis of mesothelioma and lung cancer is overwhelming news for the individual and their family.
Most deaths from malignant mesothelioma in the United States are the result of exposures to asbestos decades prior. However, the continuing occurrence of mesothelioma deaths among persons under the age of 55 suggests ongoing occupational and environmental exposures, despite years of action by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed at limiting exposure for much of the last 40 years.
To consider ways to assist in paying for medical expenses, you may talk to Attorney Joe Lyon for information on toxic exposure, treatment and compensation. Filing a toxic exposure lawsuit helps to raise the awareness of job safety, while also securing the financial compensation available to workers through multiple sources.
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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.
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.
It 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.
The success rates of settlements regarding toxic 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.
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Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure asbestos settlements.
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