Ohio Asbestos Lawyer
Representing Lorain, Ohio Workers at Republic Steel and US Steel with Asbestos Cancer Claims
Workers at Republic Steel, US Steel and Lorain Steel Works & Lorain Tubular were likely exposed to asbestos, and may later develop lung diseases, including mesothelioma.
Workers at steel mills across the country generally knew about the health and safety risks involved with employment at large industrial work areas. Physical injury and occupational illness were not uncommon. But workers were not always warned and protected by their employers.
The steel industry has improved in terms of OSHA safety standards, but at one point, thousands of workers at Lorain Steel Mills like Republic Steel and US Steel and countless other steel mills were exposed to asbestos and other toxins that increased the risk of developing cancer.
Management at Lorain Steel, Republic Steel, and US Steel may have failed to openly outline the dangerous workplace conditions for workers, and as a result, many former workers have fallen ill with lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Other cancers are linked to asbestos as well, and instances of pulmonary fibrosis are related to a variety of industrial tasks.
Was management to blame? Some companies knew about the health risks for years before work safety changes were made. We believe employers have a duty to protect workers to the best of their ability, and if they fail to do so, victims may have a personal injury claim. Asbestos trust funds have been established for many companies to handle these claims, and our lawyers are well-versed in getting the maximum payouts for plaintiffs who have been diagnosed with cancer.
When employers at steel processing plants assigned tasks that put workers into direct contact with asbestos, they should have given them protective garb and properly ventilated areas. But this was not always done, and shortcuts and cost-savings led to the premature death of many former steel mill staff.
Boilers, piping, packing materials, machinery and heat-resistant clothing contained asbestos in steel mills, and certain staff were regularly handling toxic products. Not until the 1970s did steel mills in Lorain and throughout the nation stop introducing asbestos into the workplace. But by the time the EPA warned the public and new insulating materials were used, the mills were already filled to the brim with toxins in equipment and buildings. Thus, exposure to asbestos lasted long after authorities knew the risks.
Attorneys have concluded in many cases that companies failed to inform employees of the presence of asbestos, failed to train workers on the risks, failed to measure the levels of asbestos in the air, and failed to properly remove the material from work areas.
Many former workers at Lorain steel plants have been diagnosed with occupational cancers and other serious lung diseases. The great majority of these cases are caused by toxic work sites.
Nearly any worker in a US Steel or Lorain, Ohio steel works could be at risk of developing asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Where Was Asbestos in Lorain Steel Plants?
Asbestos was used in the steel plant buildings themselves and in machinery insulation, boilers, and piping.
Asbestos was commonly found in equipment that included the following:
• Hot blast stoves
• Rolling mills
• Steam pipes
Workers at Lorain Steel were also likely exposed to toxins if they donned protective, heat-resistant garments. The asbestos clothing was meant to protect workers, though history shows it had the opposite effect. Toxic fibers within the clothing were released and possibly inhaled by workers or even family members at Lorain Steel and National Tube.
Cancer cases can be diagnosed 40 years or more after a person was first exposed to asbestos. Lawyers claim that Steel mills in Ohio knew about potential health dangers of asbestos products but chose not to alert their workforce and put profits before safety.
ABOUT THE LYON FIRM
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.
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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.
Questions about Lorain, Ohio Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos was actually placed in steel mills in order to protect employees. As crazy as that sounds, asbestos insulation was thought to be the perfect material to line high-temperature machinery such as boilers, tanks, furnaces, ovens, and generators.
Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent according to the WHO, CDC and OSHA. When the material breaks down over time, it can turn into a fine toxic dust that can be ingested or inhaled, lodging itself in in the lungs.
If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is most likely due to past occupational toxic exposure and you may file a claim for compensation.
You may file an asbestos trust fund claim on your own, however, our lawyers have 20 years experience with these cases, and believe you are most likely to get the maximum payout with our services. We represent plaintiffs in all fifty states in toxic exposure litigation, and work with the industry’s leading experts.
Our Asbestos & Mesothelioma Victories
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to toxic exposure.