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Investigating Esophageal Cancer & Workplace Asbestos Exposure

Following acute or chronic asbestos exposure, individuals may develop esophageal cancer. The toxic asbestos fibers can get lodged in the throat and esophagus when working in contaminated areas. It is known that certain industries and positions place individuals at a higher risk of developing esophageal cancer, mesothelioma, or other asbestos-related diseases.

Tumors that develop in the esophagus form between the throat and the stomach. Cancer cells can begin growing in the lining of the esophagus.

Asbestos was used regularly in buildings and industrial facilities up until the 1980s as a natural resistance to fire, electricity, and chemical corrosion. But the substance is now a known cancer-causing agent, and many workers exposed to the toxin have developed esophageal cancer and other occupational lung diseases.

Specific jobs have been seen as more at risk, including those workers frequently handling asbestos materials and working in enclosed spaces without proper ventilation.

The Lyon Firm has settled many asbestos exposure cases on behalf of victims nationwide, and is investigating new esophageal cancer cases on a contingency fee basis. Call for a free case review.

Esophageal Cancer Types

There are differences in esophageal cancers depending on the cell type

(gland and squamous) and location where tumors develop. Tumors primarily grow in lining of the esophagus.

If there is adenocarcinoma, cancer cells are growing in the mucus-producing glands of an organ, usually the lower part of the esophagus. Adenocarcinomas can grow in the lungs and stomach as well.

Squamous cell carcinoma refers to the upper and middle regions of the esophagus which can contain cancerous cells that grow and spread.

Esophageal Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of esophageal cancer usually don’t appear until the late stages of the disease. Common symptoms include:

  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Chronic chest pain, pressure, or burning
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Excessive heartburn
  • Unexplained weight loss

Workplaces Associated with Asbestos Exposure

There are professions that are more associated with asbestos exposure than others, generally because of the materials used in a job or where the position was located. Occupations most likely to present an occupational exposure include:

  • Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Electricians
  • Maintenance Crews
  • Welders
  • Machine operators

The most common jobsites include: 

  • Shipyards
  • Steel Plants
  • Rail Yards
  • Military Installations
  • Factories & Warehouses
  • Automotive Manufacturing Plants
  • Construction & Demolition Sites
  • Paper Mills
  • Oil Refineries


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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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Identify Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Common Areas of Asbestos Exposure

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 to asbestos fibers. 

Asbestos can be found in factories, warehouses, schools, homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military bases. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are 75 different jobs that could have exposed workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Thousands of American workers are still affected by asbestos each year. 

Our Firm can help you identify the exposure sources and then initiate the proper claims so that will provide the security you and your family require.


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Asbestos Exposure Questions

How Does Asbestos Exposure Occur?

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.

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.

Who was most at risk for exposure?


What are Some Examples of Settlements in Asbestos Exposure Cases?
  • In 2010, a painter in Texas who developed mesothelioma after spending much of his life working with texturized top coats and fillers sued a number of asbestos product manufacturers. A jury awarded him an $11 million verdict.
  • In 2005, a San Francisco jury awarded a sheet metal worker nearly $2 million dollars after he developed mesothelioma from working with duct connectors and duct sealers, which contained asbestos.
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation was found negligent and a jury awarded one victim of mesothelioma a verdict of nearly $3.5 million. His attorney said the man worked for Owens Corning  in the 1960s and was exposed to their toxic insulation product.
  • In the 1990s, two engineers filed lawsuits against North American Refractory Company (NARCO). According to their lawyers, the victims, who suffered from related lung diseases, were exposed to high levels of asbestos dust from a gunning mix. The jury found North American Refractory Company liable and awarded the men $7 million.

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