Asbestos was widely used in piping and insulation in shipbuilding, construction, steel plants and other industrial areas because of its durability and resistance to heat.
Welders and other workers were likely exposed over the years, increasing the risk of developing mesothelioma and other Mesothelioma Cancer. Much of the asbestos is still in place, and may continue to be a hazard for workers.
A study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine identified welding among the high-risk occupations in terms of asbestos exposure.
Occupational exposure to asbestos is the primary risk factor for lung cancer, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the tissue surrounding the lungs.
If you worked as a welder before the 1980’s, you may be at risk of developing a severe respiratory illness, and may have an injury claim against a negligent employer.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati mesothelioma attorney reviewing welders asbestos exposure and representing injured plaintiffs nationwide in personal injury and workplace exposure lawsuits.
Welders were likely handling dozens of materials that contained asbestos fibers, including piping, boilers, welding rods, insulation, machinery and protective equipment.
Because of a long latency period of mesothelioma, diagnoses and lawsuits are still quite common in Ohio and throughout the industrial areas of the country.
Hundreds of thousands of welders may have been put at risk—one of the riskier professions in terms of toxic exposure—and injuries are common in industries that include:
We know now of a strong link between welders asbestos exposure and lung diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Both individual welders and their families were at risk, when welders brought asbestos dust and fibers back home on clothing and equipment.
Studies have established that welders have been at an increased risk of respiratory illness, as a result of certain toxic exposure throughout a career. Experts have agreed that even a small exposure to asbestos and other toxins can cause adverse health consequences.
Workers who spent years on the job, unprotected and vulnerable, are likely to develop an asbestos-related illness, including:
There are several Welding Injuries associated with welding, the majority of which concern chemicals and inhaling toxic fumes.
For welders, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), potential toxins include zinc, cadmium, beryllium, iron oxide, mercury, lead, fluoride, chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, phosgene, carbon monoxide, ozone and nitrogen oxides. Working in Workplace Ventilation Risks also contributed to the known hazards.
Asbestos may not be the first thing a welder was concerned with when they considered protecting themselves, but it certainly has been deadly for many unsuspecting American workers. Welders were provided protective equipment, such as gloves or blankets, which may have been manufactured with asbestos.
Because of its solid insulating ability, strength and heat resistance, asbestos was commonly used in hundreds of industrial applications, many of which welders would have spent time handling. Some welding rods even contained asbestos or were coated with asbestos.
Even a short duration of asbestos exposure can lead to serious illness and cancer risk. Following a diagnosis of mesothelioma, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis or asbestosis, victims and families can contact an asbestos lawyer to investigate.
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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.
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.
Asbestos can be found in factories, 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 250,000 new cases after 2020 due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.