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representing Youngstown Republic Steel Workers in Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

There is a strong possibility that former Ohio steel workers in the plants of LTV Steel, were exposed to asbestos, and may develop a variety of related illnesses, including deadly cancers such as lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma.

Republic-LTV Steel, founded in Youngstown, Ohio, was once the third largest steel producer in the country. Like many outfits in the steel industry, Republic-LTV Steel commonly used asbestos as an insulator in it factories because of its strong fire resistance.

However, for many years, asbestos went unregulated and posed terrible risks to workers. As the asbestos-containing materials aged, asbestos fibers were often released into the air and inhaled by workers in the steel mills.

Asbestos fibers are especially hazardous because they can be lodged in the lungs, causing scarring, and in many cases, malignant tumors. Many former workers at Republic-LTV Steel plants at Lorain, OH, Canton, OH, Warren, OH, Niles, OH, Massillon, OH and Newton Falls, OH have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Asbestos lawyer and Ohio toxic exposure attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of Republic Steel Asbestos and mesothelioma claims.

Asbestos Found on Steel Plant Sites

Steel mill workers at Republic-LTV were likely exposed to asbestos through asbestos garments, including protective coats, leggings, gloves aprons, coveralls and facemasks.

Even if they were not part of the manufacturing process, workers at Republic-LTV may have been exposed to asbestos and risked developing mesothelioma from toxic building materials such as refractory bricks, floor and ceiling tiles, and insulated pipes. Asbestos insulation was wrapped around hot pipes, furnaces, ovens, tanks, generators, rolling mills, cranes and boilers.

Also, since asbestos fibers can attach themselves to clothes at the workplace, there was a chance of contaminating the home, putting family members at risk.


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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.


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Republic Steel Asbestos Exposure

Steel plants presented health risks to all workers. Toxic exposure may lead to severe health risks in the future. Republic-LTV Steel had large Ohio plant operations in the following cities:

  • Newton Falls, Ohio
  • Massillon, Ohio
  • Warren, Ohio
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Niles, Ohio
  • Lorain, Ohio

Other Ohio steel plants with known asbestos use on plant sites include:

  • U.S. Steel Corp.—Lorain, OH
  • Armco-AK Steel—Middletown, OH
  • Youngstown Sheet &Tube—Youngstown, OH
  • Dayton Malleable Iron—Ironton, OH
  • Aluminum Smelting—Maple Heights, OH
  • Empire-Reeves/Detroit Steel Corporation—Mansfield, OH
  • Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel

Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Those who develop mesothelioma may show no signs of illness for many years after their first exposure. Cases of mesothelioma are often diagnosed 30 years or more after a worker was first exposed to asbestos. However, by the time symptoms appear, mesothelioma has most likely reached an advanced stage.

Studies show that inhaling asbestos fibers damages tissue surrounding the lungs. This could serve as the primary source for victims who develop lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Symptoms of mesothelioma can be varied and may include the following:

  • Pain in the chest and rib area
  • Persistent cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Mysterious lumps of tissue on the chest and abdomen
  • Stomach pains
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Weight loss

Occupational Asbestos Exposure

Most jobs in the metal works industry regularly faced the hazards of asbestos exposure. The types of steel plant positions at Lorain, Niles, Warren, Canton, Massillon and Newton Falls plants most commonly associated with exposure include:

  • Pipefitter & Plumber
  • Machinist
  • Boilermaker
  • Insulator
  • Welder
  • Blacksmith
  • Millwright
  • Bricklayer
  • Maintenance Crews
  • Conductor

Republic Steel Asbestos Lawsuits

The American courts have recently held steel plants responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for workers. When steel companies have failed to meet basic safety responsibilities, they should compensate the victims of their negligent practice.

In April 2014, Republic-LTV Steel agreed to pay a $2.4 million fine to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), agreeing to settle alleged “health and safety violations” at three separate Ohio facilities, including Canton, Lorain and Massillon. The OSHA said they found over 100 violations of health and safety at the facilities, demonstrating a history of placing employees at risk.

Many Ohio steel plants, including Republic-LTV, Armco-AK Steel and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel have been involved in asbestos litigation for exposing steel mill workers to toxic materials.

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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 Republic 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 thought 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 Cincinnati Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 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: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. 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 results.

Your Right to Safety
The 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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