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representing Midland Steel Workers at an Increased Risk for Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer

Prolonged asbestos exposure, or even acute exposure for a short duration, can lead to serious health problems, including the development of asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you have worked at an Ohio steel plant for any duration from the 1950s to the 1980s, there is a chance you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace.

Cleveland, Ohio has seen thousands of cases of asbestos-related diseases for former workers in the auto, rubber and steel industry. Companies like J & L Steel and Midland Steel commonly used asbestos materials in their facilities, generally used in machinery, equipment and building insulation.

Asbestos was used in many industrial settings, and was thought to be the perfect insulator with its durability and resistance to heat and flame. However, the toxic material is now known to have broken down into tiny breathable particles that could be ingested or inhaled and led to thousands of lung cancer cases.

Midland Steel asbestos exposure was likely for a number of employees in Cleveland, Ohio well into the 1990s. The company employed around 1,500 workers in the 1970s and finally shut its doors in 2003. Working in a steel plant comes with some health risks, though employers have a duty to warn and protect its workers, or may be liable for injury and toxic exposure at the workplace.

Joe Lyon is an Ohio Asbestos Attorney and toxic tort lawyer investigating Midland Steel Asbestos exposure cases and mesothelioma lung cancer lawsuits throughout Ohio and the Midwest.

Midland Steel Asbestos Risks

Because asbestos was used in steel manufacturing plants and other industrial workplaces so commonly, thousands of workers have suffered the consequences of toxic workplace exposure. If any industrial equipment or industrial plant was built before the 1980s, asbestos exposure remains a danger to this day. Some studies suggest metal manufacturing workers are much more likely to die of mesothelioma than the general population.

Asbestos insulation was used in much of the steel plant equipment such as, ovens, stoves, furnaces, rolling mills, tanks, boilers, cranes, and steam pipes. Workers in certain work areas would regularly breathe broken-down fibers on a daily basis. Those at particular asbestos exposure risk may include:

  • Pipefitters & Plumbers
  • Maintenance crews
  • Machinists
  • Electricians
  • Factory Foremen
  • Lathe Operators
  • Welders
  • Millwrights
  • Inspectors

Any former steel plant employee in Ohio who has been diagnosed with lung cancer, adenocarcinoma, mesothelioma, asbestosis or pulmonary fibrosis may contact an Ohio toxic exposure attorney and discuss potential personal injury lawsuit and asbestos trust fund settlements.


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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 Midland Steel 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 though 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  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.

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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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