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Investigating Harrison Radiator Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

Employees of the Harrison Radiator Corporation in Dayton, Ohio may have been exposed to asbestos at the workplace, and now find themselves at risk of developing Mesothelioma Cancer, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Harrison Radiator was a large manufacturer of automotive radiators as well as cooling equipment for automotive, marine, industrial, nuclear, and aerospace applications. In time, Harrison became a division of General Motors (GM), and supplied the auto giant with components like air conditioning units, some of which contained asbestos materials, putting workers at Harrison at high risk.

In the 1990s, General Motors reorganized, and created separate but intertwined companies—Delphi Automotive Systems, Delco, AC Delco, Moraine Products Division, Delco Appliance Corp., Delco Electric, Delco-Moraine NDH, Delco Chassis Division, Delphi Automotive—the Harrison Radiator company was thereby renamed Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems.

Working at the Harrison and Delphi plants in Dayton, Ohio involved inherent health risks because of the nature of automotive and thermal insulation manufacturing. Asbestos was regularly used in not only many of the products, but in the production facilities themselves.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.

Workers in Auto Industry at Heightened Risk for Asbestos Exposure

A study published by the Journal of Occupational Medicine concluded auto maker employees have an increased risk of cancer. This has been public knowledge for decades. But even knowing that workers were facing severe added health hazards, corporations like Harrison Radiator and GM continued manufacturing asbestos-containing products, and failed to warn or properly protect employees.

Asbestos was used in numerous materials during the manufacturing process at Harrison Radiator. Asbestos was utilized so commonly because it was cheap and effective as an insulator and was fire resistant. Into the late 1970s, buildings and factories were constructed with asbestos block insulation, pipe covering, boiler insulation, and cement.

Asbestos breaks down over time, and needs to be replaced to remain effective. Thus, the asbestos insulation was manually removed and reapplied, causing asbestos dust to become airborne. Maintenance workers performing these tasks were unaware of the dangers of exposure to the asbestos dust and often worked without masks or protective clothing. All this heavy exposure to asbestos may lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.


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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.

Companies Associated with Harrison Radiator Corp.

•    General Motors
•    AC Delco
•    Moraine Products Division
•    Delco Appliance Corp.
•    Delco Electric
•    Delco-Moraine NDH
•    Delco Chassis Division
•    Delphi Automotive

Symptoms of Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Caused Illness

Symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases may not present for more than 30 years after first exposure. When a patient shows symptoms, they may include the following:

•    Pain in the chest and back
•    Painful cough
•    Trouble breathing
•    Excessive sweating
•    Fatigue
•    Fever
•    Weight loss
•    Trouble swallowing

Compensation for Harrison Radiator Workers

Asbestos-containing materials and products filled the production areas of Harrison Radiator. Asbestos-containing material was wrapped around valves, boilers, pumps and piping. The products were directly handled by staff, and when asbestos building insulation and machine equipment was repaired or replaced, the process released asbestos fibers, which workers commonly inhaled.

As a result, many Harrison Radiator workers, Delphi Automotive and General Motors workers in the Dayton area have filed asbestos-related claims against their former employers and have been awarded large settlements. General Motors has been targeted in many major injury lawsuits. The company knowingly purchased parts containing asbestos from third-party companies like Harrison and Delphi, exposing consumers and employees to dangerous products. The number of Dayton, Ohio area victims is still growing, and experienced lawyers in Ohio are currently handling hundreds of valuable claims against Harrison, Delphi and GM.

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Why are these 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 Harrison Radiator & 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 lug 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 tot he 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 Cincinnati Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 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: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. 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 results.

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The Statute of Limitations for Asbestos

Asbestos can be found in homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military circumstances. According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOHS), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Approximately 107,000 workers are affected by 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 250,000 new cases after 2020 due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.

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