Hamilton, Ohio is a relatively small city with a long history of heavy industry and manufacturing. While the paper and steel industry brought Hamilton thousands of jobs over the years, the terrible downside of the Hamilton Steel boom has been occupational asbestos exposure and related diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis, adenocarcinoma and lung cancer.
Workers in several Hamilton workplaces, including Armco-AK Steel and Champion Paper may have been exposed to asbestos for decades and developed serious illness many years later.
The companies responsible for exposing employees to toxins like asbestos may be held liable in Ohio courts, and large settlements are likely following litigation handled by an experienced Asbestos Lawyer.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Asbestos Lawyer investigating mesothelioma and lung cancer cases in Ohio and nationwide.
Steel has been a prominent Hamilton industry, particularly with the American Rolling Mill Company (ARMCO) opening and running a coke and iron plant up until the early 1980s. It is likely that former Armco-AK Steel workers were exposed to asbestos and risk developing deadly cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
It is known that Armco-AK Steel used asbestos as an insulator on its work site even after health agencies had warned that the material was toxic and posed terrible risks. Asbestos was used in steel plants to insulate the following equipment:
Asbestos fibers can be lodged in the lungs, causing scarring, and in some cases can rest in the lungs for decades, leading to cancer and other respiratory conditions.
Paper production has been a part of Hamilton industry for over a hundred years. The Beckett Paper Company mill, built in 1848, is one of the oldest paper mills in Ohio.
Like many other factories built before the 1980s, paper mills regularly used asbestos in many building materials. Because paper milling and pulping involve very high temperatures, asbestos was used to insulate several production areas.
International health agencies have suggested workers are at a serious risk. The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers that found paper mill workers were “at increased risk of dying from lung cancer and mesothelioma, probably due to exposure to asbestos.”
One study found that among paper industry workers, the majority of severe asbestos exposure occurred in Maintenance Crews, largely because of the following tasks:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure asbestos settlements.
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.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.