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Investigating Middletown Asbestos Exposure, Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

Asbestos refers to six minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be made into durable threads for commercial and industrial use. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and do not conduct electricity. A great deal of Middletown factories and plants used asbestos in buildings and industrial materials. 

Building and construction industries have used it for strengthening cement and plastics, in insulation, roofing, and fireproofing. The shipbuilding industry has used it to insulate boilers and steam pipes. The car industry uses asbestos in vehicle brake shoes and clutch pads. Asbestos has been used in ceiling tiles, floor tiles, paints, and adhesives.

In the 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the use of asbestos in wallboard and gas fireplaces, and in 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned all new uses of asbestos.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati mesothelioma attorney and Middletown Asbestos Cancer Lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and asbestos injury claims in Ohio and Kentucky.

Middletown Asbestos Cancer

If products containing asbestos are disturbed, small toxic fibers are released into the air, possibly breathed in, and trapped in the lungs. Asbestos fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Exposure in Ohio may also increase the risk of lung cancer and asbestosis, an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that can cause permanent lung damage.

Middletown AK Steel Asbestos Exposure

Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water, and soil, and the people who become ill from asbestos are usually those exposed to it on a regular basis on the job. Health hazards from asbestos fibers have been recognized in shipbuilding, asbestos mining and milling, manufacturing of textiles and other asbestos products, insulation, construction and building, demolition, drywall removers, firefighters, mechanics and automobile workers. Evidence suggests there is no safe level of asbestos exposure in Ohio.

Many Middletown workers have been exposed during their workdays at AK Steel or other factories where asbestos materials were used or were built into the factory foundation. A Middletown Asbestos Cancer Lawyer can assess the root cause of a mesothelioma injury and file lawsuits on behalf of injured plaintiffs.

Workers who develop asbestos-related diseases show no signs of illness for up to 40 years before symptoms of an asbestos-related condition appear. There is some evidence that family members of workers exposed to asbestos face an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, as fibers may be brought into the home on the clothing, skin, and hair of workers.


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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.

Mesothelioma Risk Factors

  • Size of dose
  • Duration of exposure
  • Size, shape, and chemical makeup of asbestos fibers
  • Source of exposure
  • Individual risk factors, e.g. pre-existing lung disease
  • Genetic factors

Contact a medical professional if you develop any asbestos illness symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A persistent cough
  • Coughed up blood from the lungs
  • Persistent pain in chest
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling in the neck or face
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Anemia

Middletown Asbestos Cancer Lawyer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a component of the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for health and safety regulations in maritime, construction, manufacturing, and service workplaces. The OSHA establishes regulations dealing with asbestos exposure.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) publishes regulations related to mine safety. Workers should use all protective equipment provided by their employers and follow recommended workplace safety procedures.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is another Federal agency that is concerned with asbestos exposure in the workplace. NIOSH conducts asbestos-related research, evaluates work sites for possible health hazards, and makes exposure control recommendations.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Program provides benefits to longshoremen, harbor workers, other maritime workers, and other classes of private industry workers who are injured during the course of employment or suffer from diseases caused by asbestos.

Eligible veterans may receive asbestos-related health care at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is the principal Federal agency responsible for evaluating the human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances likes asbestos.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the general public’s exposure to asbestos in buildings, drinking water, and the environment. The EPA provides technical assistance and information about asbestos illness and programs implemented under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which include the Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Act and the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of consumer products, including asbestos.

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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 Middletown 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 lung 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 thought to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous to the 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.

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.


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