Well into the 1970s asbestos materials were regularly used in hundreds of brewing and distilling plants across the country, injuring thousands of employees, and leading to terrible medical conditions like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Some breweries and distilleries in Kentucky had asbestos throughout the buildings, and for decades employees may have been in danger of inhaling and ingesting toxic asbestos fibers.
In more recent years, companies who ran older brewing and distilling facilities have been targeted in several lawsuits by former employees in Kentucky for asbestos exposure claims.
If inhaled at the workplace, the tiny fibers from asbestos can get lodged in the lungs, and cause permanent damage, and deadly tumors. Inhaling asbestos fibers has been proven to directly cause lung cancer, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma.
Many former distillery and brewery workers in Ohi0 and Kentucky could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Asbestos attorney and personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
According to studies published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), occupational exposure to asbestos in the past significantly increases the risk of specific deadly diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma. The CDC and other health safety agencies now classify asbestos as a cancer-causing agent.
Asbestos materials remain in many older buildings like distilleries and breweries in Kentucky—built in a time when asbestos was used in various applications, and throughout facilities as insulation in boiler rooms, piping and other areas of production.
Even short durations of exposure to toxic asbestos materials can lead to severe damage to the lungs and develop into deadly diseases like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
Even though asbestos is no longer installed in buildings in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society thousands of new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. Because of its latency period, most cases of mesothelioma are not diagnosed until 10 to 40 years after initial asbestos exposure.
Breathing asbestos fibers into the lungs can permanently damage the tissue, leading to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Signs of mesothelioma can vary, depending on where the cancer occurs.
Various forms of mesothelioma can present with unclear symptoms, although when symptoms appear the cancer is already advanced. Mesothelioma causes symptoms that may include:
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.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.