Former employees of General Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and current employees of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center may have been exposed to asbestos at the workplace, and faced with a lifetime of personal health trouble. Potentially thousands of employees were at risk of breathing in toxic asbestos fibers while working at the hospital. Hospital asbestos exposure has been documented by many in recent years.
In the last 20 years, the damage to the community has surfaced and scores of former and current employees of hospitals in Ohio have filed lawsuits for failing to provide a safe working environment.
Long-term exposure to asbestos, which many employees have faced at Ohio hospitals, increases the risk of cancer and mesothelioma in the future. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.
Any Ohio hospital employees could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), asbestos is known to cause different types of cancer, mostly in the area surrounding the lungs—also throughout the body, in the throat, larynx, and gastrointestinal tract. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.
Prolonged exposure to asbestos, which some workers risk at Ohio hospitals, increases the risk of related health issues in the future. Over the last 30 years, hundreds of former and current employees of hospitals in Ohio and around the U.S. have filed claims against employers for failing to provide a safe workplace.
When asbestos is present, nearly any worker in a hospital could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Hospitals in Ohio such as General Hospital (University of Cincinnati Medical Center) have endangered medical staff and employees with lingering asbestos in their buildings, most of which were built before concerns over the toxic material necessitated changes in hospital construction methods.
As a result, many hospital workers have been exposed to dangerous asbestos fibers, causing long-term damage with related deadly diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Asbestos fibers become airborne during many hospital renovations. In these cases, anybody working nearby or in the same building could be exposed through air ducts and corridors. Asbestos removal can be a difficult undertaking, and if it is not done correctly, employees can be exposed and develop cancers like mesothelioma.
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Because it is highly effective as a heat-resistant insulator, asbestos was commonly used in the construction of many older buildings, including hospitals.
Maintenance personnel at hospitals may be at the highest risk of developing diseases like mesothelioma, however, almost anybody who worked at a hospital in the last 60 years could be at risk.
While healthcare maintenance workers were likely exposed in boiler rooms, during renovations or while repairing old piping, a number of other medical staff could have been exposed. Significant Ohio hospital asbestos exposure could have also been possible when in contact with any of the following:
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and World Health Organization (WHO), asbestos is a proven carcinogen, and has been known to cause different types of cancer, mostly in the area surrounding the lungs. Some other work sites that may have endangered employees include:
Exposure to asbestos, defined as two weeks of consistent contact, is the primary cause of mesothelioma. Once exposed, a worker has about a five percent chance of developing mesothelioma.
The average mesothelioma succumbs to death within two years of diagnosis, according to the National Cancer Institute. In the last 25 years, thousands of former and current employees of hospitals in Ohio and around the United States have filed lawsuits against their employers for failing to provide a safe workplace, and failing to warn them of the possible dangers.
The terrible health effects of asbestos can be delayed from time of exposure, and health problems can surface decades later. Mesothelioma affects the tissue surrounding the lungs and causes signs and symptoms that may include:
Symptoms of mesothelioma may vary depending on where the cancer occurs. If any persistent signs and symptoms seem unusual, get evaluated by a medical professional and tell your doctor if you’ve been exposed to asbestos.
Because asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma have a long latency period, the number of claims against Ohio employers, including General Hospital (University of Cincinnati Medical Center), has increased in recent years.
When former workers fight asbestos-related illnesses, they require medical and legal assistance. The courts have recognized this and based on some estimates, the average jury award for an occupational victim of mesothelioma measures in the millions.
Hospitals in Ohio have a duty to provide a safe workplace for all of their workers. When hospitals fail to protect workers, they are held accountable and must compensate injured employees.
Former hospital workers in Ohio who have developed serious asbestos-related health issues have valid, valuable claims against their former employers.
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 though 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.
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