If you have ever worked in chemical plants, you may be at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease, such as asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma. There are numerous health hazards associated with employment at a chemical production facility, and the presence of asbestos materials at the plant is a continual danger.
Asbestos was so commonly used in the chemical industry because it is very effective industrial insulator. The material is durable, cheap and highly resistant to heat and fire. As a result, many chemical plant employees may have been exposed to such toxic asbestos materials, leading to serious illnesses like mesothelioma.
There are hundreds of chemical plants operating across the country. If your employer fails to protect workers from asbestos hazards, and you develop asbestos-related diseases and lung conditions, you may have a successful claim.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated asbestos and personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
Nearly any worker employed in a chemical plant could be at risk of developing occupational diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Anyone working in an older workplace where insulation may be deteriorating is at risk of inhaling toxic fibers, which can get lodged in tissue surrounding the lungs and cause permanent damage.
Chemical plants are known to contain large amounts of piping that connect manufacturing and storage areas. These pipes, as well as equipment like tanks, boilers and pumps, likely contain asbestos. Positions that may be at particular risk include engineers, maintenance workers, electricians, pump system operators, boilermakers, pipefitters, and insulators.
Dow Chemical has exposed many former workers to asbestos-containing products in its facilities, some of which are in Kentucky. Families of former workers have been awarded millions from Dow, after the workers had been exposed to asbestos while employed at Dow Chemical, and later developed cancer. In the past, juries have concluded Dow was aware of the cancer risks for workers and failed to provide a working environment.
Like other chemical companies, DuPont Chemical has a questionable employee safety record. The company has settled many claims from victims of unsafe workplaces. Many former employees have suffered illnesses on the job, and DuPont has a history of exposing workers to cancer-causing agents, like asbestos.
In the 1980s, a jury found that DuPont deliberately concealed medical records that showed maintenance workers developed asbestos-related diseases on the job. Thousands of DuPont workers have been exposed to asbestos which insulates equipment and machinery in chemical plants.
Former workers in Kentucky who developed mesothelioma after working at DuPont could have claims against the company.
Stauffer Chemical is known to have used asbestos in various applications in its factories, mostly in machine and equipment insulation. Without a doubt, the toxins endangered employees who worked in the buildings. Asbestos materials are regularly found throughout old industrial facilities, including in gaskets, tanks, boilers, reactors, ovens, walls, and in protective clothing itself.
Mesothelioma and asbestosis can lay dormant for many years, and symptoms may not surface until many years after exposure. When the initial symptoms appear, they may include:
America’s chemical companies have a legal and ethical duty to provide their workers with safe working environments. When corporations fail to protect employees, they are bound to compensate families in the event of injury or death.
Workers in chemical plants who have developed occupation-related health issues should not hesitate to seek medical and expert legal assistance.
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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 thought 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.
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.
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.