Asbestos Exposure

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representing WR Grace Workers in Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

W.R. Grace & Co. began acquiring chemical companies in the 20th century that went on to produce and distribute a number of toxic asbestos-containing products, including Zonolite, an insulation widely used across the country. WR Grace was involved in many insulation, fireproofing and heat-resistance construction materials, the majority of which contained toxic asbestos. Zonolite, Monokote and Perltex were some of the more popular—and decidedly dangerous—asbestos products.

After the 1980s, a number of lawsuits were filed against the company related to employee asbestos exposure. After almost 130,000 claims were filed by 2001, WR Grace sought bankruptcy protection. WR Grace Asbestos products included:

  • Attic insulation
  • Spray-on insulation
  • Spray-on fireproofing
  • Insulating cement
  • Textured spray paint
  • Acoustical plaster

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Toxic Tort Attorney reviewing mesothelioma injury cases and toxic exposure related to WR Grace asbestos products produced in Owensboro or Wilder, KY plants.

Asbestos Products & Workplace Exposure

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used so widely in certain consumer, commercial and residential products because it is resistant to heat and flame. It is also easily mixed with other materials to increase durability.

But when asbestos dust is inhaled or ingested, the toxic fibers can remain lodged in the lining of the lungs or abdomen permanently, causing serious illness. Asbestos fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation in the human body.

Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Workplace exposure increases the risk of mesothelioma, adenocarcinoma, lung cancer and asbestosis, an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that can cause permanent lung damage.

W.R. Grace & Co. purchased vermiculite mines and a processing mill, producing up to 200,000 tons of vermiculite per year to be used in Zonolite attic insulation and other toxic construction materials. The mines themselves contained asbestos, which contaminated worksites, processing plants and warehouses all around the U.S.

WR Grace asbestos workers have the highest risk of developing asbestos-related diseases, followed by construction workers and insulators. Kentucky WR Grace workers in the Owensboro or Wilder plants should contact and attorney.

WR Grace Asbestos Exposure

Former employees of W.R. Grace or another company who handled W.R. Grace asbestos products like Zonolite, and risked toxic exposure, may have a claim against a negligent employer. Ohio asbestos attorneys have filed numerous asbestos lawsuits on behalf of mesothelioma victims, claiming employers have been negligent for the following:

  • Failure to warn employees of presence of asbestos products on their premises
  • Failure to follow state and federal workplace safety regulations
  • Failure to measure airborne asbestos fibers in work areas
  • Failure to protect employees from asbestos exposure
  • Failure to provide necessary safety equipment
  • Failure to guard against dangers and creating a high risk of illness to workers

The WR Grace Asbestos Personal Injury Trust handles injury claims filed by former workers diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illnesses. In 2015, the trust paid more than 50,000 claims for a total of around $353 million.

The WR Grace Asbestos Property Damage Trust is designed to mitigate the cost of cleaning up asbestos contamination caused by Zonolite attic insulation.


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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.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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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 W.R. Grace 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 though 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  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.

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The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)


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