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Investigating Eagle Picher Workers with Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

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, including those at Eagle Picher. 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.

Eagle Picher Employees Risk Developing Cancer and Mesothelioma

Asbestos was a primary additive in several Eagle-Picher products, most notably their insulation. At one point, asbestos was used in approximately 3,000 types of products in the U.S. One of the most widespread commercial applications was with insulation products, used in both commercial and residential buildings. Eagle Picher also manufactured asbestos-containing cement, marketed under the following brand names:

  • Hylo
  • Super 66
  • One Cote

For many years, American companies manufactured and sold asbestos-containing products for various uses and industries. Eagle Picher did not stop using asbestos in its products until the 1970s. But evidence has revealed that numerous companies involved in manufacturing and selling asbestos-containing products knew about potential risks of exposure.

Attorneys representing victims and families claim employers like Eagle-Picher concealed available health information from workers and consumers.

Nearly any former worker at Eagle-Picher could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Joe Lyon is a highly rated personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.

Workers at High Risk of Asbestos Exposure

A wide variety of workers may have come in contact with Eagle-Picher asbestos insulation throughout the course of their careers. Occupations that experienced the highest exposure risks from Eagle-Picher products included insulators, roofers, and drywall installers. Any employee who worked in the vicinity of a job using Eagle-Picher insulation may have inhaled harmful asbestos fibers as well. Eagle-Picher also supplied asbestos products to the U.S. military, so servicemen faced exposure risks from its products.

While many studies stress that regular exposure to asbestos can pose the greatest threat to employees, medical evidence indicates that brief exposure to asbestos can cause fatal illnesses like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that research shows a “clear” and “strong link” between asbestos exposure and serious health issues like respiratory cancers.

Asbestos Litigation

Even though Eagle-Picher was forced into bankruptcy, victims can still make claims against the company and seek compensation. Many mesothelioma lawsuits have resulted in large verdicts or settlements.

Lawyers say many asbestos manufacturers focused on sales and profits, and failed to improve workplace safety standards. Some companies ignored emerging damaging medical evidence, and even hid information that might damage their business.

As a result, workers have filed asbestos-related claims against over 8,000 corporations. The number of victims is still growing, and lawyers in Ohio are currently involved in litigation.

The items made by Eagle-Picher became responsible for thousands of people becoming seriously ill. By 1982, personal injury lawsuits were being filed against Eagle Picher Industries. Eagle Picher has been named a defendant in more than 150,000 asbestos-related legal claims, forcing them to create an Asbestos Trust with more than $700 million available for victims.

If you or a loved one have suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at Eagle-Picher, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.


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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 Eagle Picher & Asbestos Exposure

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.

Our Asbestos & Mesotholioma Victories

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


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