In the last century, asbestos insulation has been the biggest source of asbestos exposure for workers and consumers. Toxic insulation was commonly used in the attics, ceilings, walls, and basements of American homes. It was also used in many other commercial and industrial applications around pipes, boilers, furnaces and electrical boxes.
R.E. Kramig in Cincinnati, Ohio has been a regional leader in insulation systems for much of the last 100 years. The company offers insulation systems for piping, ductwork systems, fire, sound, and equipment. Insulation is best known to conserve energy, sound proof spaces, reduce electrical conductivity, and retain desired temperatures. Asbestos became a popular ingredient in insulation because it was cheap, durable and fire resistant.
However, thousands of American employees and millions of homeowners and consumers were put at risk for inhaling toxic asbestos fibers and later develop related diseases like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Asbestos has been classified as a known cancer-causing agent by World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that research shows a “strong link” between asbestos exposure and serious health conditions like lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Nearly any former Ohio employee of R E Kramig could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
American companies like R.E. Kramig regularly installed asbestos-containing insulation for various uses and industries. There have been asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits filed in Ohio against Kramig in recent years. Lawyers allege employees were put at an occupational risk, and exposed to vast amount of toxic material for decades.
R E Kramig has produced industrial grade insulation, used in various forms for the following installations:
R.E. Kramig Co. has also produced insulation for the following commercial applications:
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On their Web site, Kramig says that for over 100 years the company has provided a “safe working environment for our employees long before regulations were mandated.” But employees at insulation companies like R.E Kramig face a special risk for inhaling asbestos at the workplace.
While employers now stress that only long-term exposure to asbestos can pose a threat to employees, global health agencies say even brief exposure to asbestos can lead to fatal illnesses like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded there is no “safe level” of asbestos exposure.
The occupations most at risk for coming into heavy contact with asbestos insulation include:
Symptoms of mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related illnesses may not present for up to decades after first exposure. Some typical symptoms of an asbestos-related disease may include:
Contractors and consumers handling asbestos insulation may not always know the difference between a safe product and a very dangerous, cancer-causing material. Unless there is a warning label on the packaging, which is unlikely, many are put at risk when handling insulation. Name brands of asbestos-containing insulation known to cause serious illness include the following:
Mesothelioma attorneys in Ohio claim numerous companies involved in producing and utilizing asbestos-containing products knew about the deadly risks of exposure, but continued to use the toxic material, putting profit before safety. Ohio attorneys, representing mesothelioma victims, say unethical employers also concealed relevant safety information, and failed to warn employees or improve workplace safety standards.
As a result, the number of mesothelioma victims is still growing. Experienced lawyers in Ohio are currently involved in litigation, handling claims against multiple companies, including R.E Kramig.
Ohio courts have found asbestos companies like R.E Kramig liable for personal injuries and deaths. In addition to awarding victims and their families for past medical expenses and pain and suffering, attorneys insist on punitive damages to punish companies for failing as responsible employers. Lawsuits generally result in large settlements for mesothelioma victims.
Several insulation companies like R.E Kramig have been so inundated with asbestos claims that they have created personal injury trusts to fund future liabilities. If victims can prove they were exposed to asbestos at the workplace or in their home, they may have a claim against the company and seek rightful compensation.
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 lug 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 tot he 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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Asbestos can be found in homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military circumstances. According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOHS), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Approximately 107,000 workers are affected by 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 before 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.