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Representing International Paper Mill Workers at Increased Risk for Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer

International Paper Company is a world leader in the paper and packaging industries. At present day, International Paper employs 60,000 people in more than 20 countries and continues to produce uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging. Almost anybody who worked in paper mills in the last 50 years could have been exposed to toxic materials like asbestos on a daily basis.

Because paper milling operations, such as pulping, involve very high temperatures, asbestos was used to insulate many areas in the workplace. Like many companies, International Paper Company has come under scrutiny in the past several decades for its prior use of asbestos.

In the 1980s, a study by the International Paper Workers Union found evidence of asbestos-related diseases in more than half of 273 former International Paper workers.

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

International Paper Mill Asbestos Exposure

International Paper Workers may have been exposed to asbestos during different stages in the manufacturing process. Some of those positions affected include the following:

  • Machine setters
  • Machine tenders and operators
  • Truck and tractor operators
  • Printing machine operators
  • Screen printers
  • Floor supervisors
  • Inspectors and quality control officers
  • System operators
  • Assemblers and fabricators
  • Boiler workers
  • Maintenance workers

Paper Mill Asbestos Exposure

  • Paper cutting, sawing and slicing
  • Banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets
  • Transporting raw materials
  • Inspecting machines
  • Repairing machines
  • Handling talc and sanding paper
  • Working on piping and boilers

Paper Mill Mesothelioma Cancer

Several international health agencies have raised concerns over the safety of working in paper mills. The American Journal of Epidemiology published a conclusive study conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers that found mill workers were “at increased risk of dying from lung cancer and mesothelioma, probably due to exposure to asbestos.”

A study published in 2010 by the Public Health Agency of Canada found that asbestos exposure among paper and pulp mill workers has been linked to an increased risk of developing cancer. They note that the increased risk “relates to lung and pleural cancers and asbestos exposure.”

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls mesothelioma “a fatal cancer primarily associated with exposure to asbestos.”

Symptoms of mesothelioma are often mistaken for minor illnesses, and when symptoms present themselves, the disease is usually in its later stages. Some signs present as the following:

  • Pain in the chest or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of the face and arms

International Paper Asbestos Products

In recent years, International Paper acquired Champion International, the company that distributed an asbestos-containing product called micarta. Anyone who manufactured, shipped, or installed asbestos-containing micarta products may have risked serious health consequences.

Was I Exposed to Asbestos?

Any current or former employee of International Paper may have been exposed to toxins. Victims may have a claim against the company. In recent years, asbestos attorneys have filed claims against the following companies, stating they provided dangerous products, and endangered thousands of workers around the country:

  • International Paper Company
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Champion International
  • Georgia-Pacific

Below are some other paper industry employers that may have exposed workers to asbestos:

  • Glatfelter Co. (Chillicothe, Ohio)
  • Glatfelter Co. (Freemont, Ohio)
  • Middletown Paper Mill
  • Sorg Paper Company
  • Ohio Boxboard
  • Urbana Paper Mill
  • Fox River Paper
  • Howard Paper
  • IP – Fort Hudson, LA
  • IP – Springhill, LA

International Paper Lawsuits

International Paper Company has been named as a defendant in numerous lawsuits by former employees and by others diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis or another asbestos-related disease after exposure to the company’s products.

Over the past fifty years, thousands of workers in the paper industry could have been put at risk for asbestos exposure. Any amount of exposure to asbestos can cause serious health damage, including deadly cancers such as mesothelioma.


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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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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 International Paper 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 to the health. Victims in Ohio and Louisiana should contact the firm. Asbestos has been found in Fort Hudson, LA and Springhill, LA facilities. 

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.

Your Right to Safety
Statute of Limitations for Asbestos Cases

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.

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


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)


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