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Representing California Hughes Aircraft Workers in Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

Hughes Aircraft has been named in many occupational asbestos exposure cases. Many of the toxic exposure cases are related to work at multiple California work sites. Defense and aviation asbestos cases are high profile, and challenging defendants, though they still provide compensation for victims nationwide. 

Although the majority of Hughes Aircraft asbestos lawsuits are claims related to toxic exposure of workers manufacturing rocketry and other heavy industrial equipment, other employees in California plants may have been exposed. 

Many of the past and current plaintiffs involved in aerospace asbestos litigation have developed asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Military veterans and former employees at Hughes plants have been exposed.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated personal injury and toxic tort lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in mesothelioma and Boeing Asbestos injury claims.

Hughes Aircraft Asbestos Cancer

Because of its strength and heat-resistant properties, asbestos was often used to build aircraft components. As a result, engineers, mechanics, welders, and maintenance crew and other workers were exposed to toxins built into engines, turbines, electrical components, bearings, and gaskets.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, thousands of Americans who served in the Air Force and Navy faced asbestos exposure sometime during their military career. Veterans account for about 30 percent of all new mesothelioma cases in the United States.

Veterans are at a risk of developing mesothelioma, asbestosis, and deadly cancers because of exposure to asbestos in numerous machines, installations, barracks, ships and heavy equipment. Experts and the World Health Organization (WHO) warn that even a small amount of asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Aerospace Asbestos Exposure Risks

Hughes Aircraft employees may have been exposed, and the following positions are at particular risk: 

  • Welders
  • Appliance assemblers
  • Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Engine assemblers
  • Maintenance Crews
  • Insulators

Symptoms of Mesothelioma & Asbestos Illness

Former Hughes workers who may have been exposed to asbestos should request health screening tests by a medical professional, and contact an experienced attorney.

Mesothelioma is often overlooked because many of the symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses, and the latency period is quite varied. Warning signs of a serious condition may include:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent cough—bloody mucus
  • Lumps of tissue on abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue

Aerospace Asbestos Lawsuits

Personal injury lawsuits have been filed by former employees in California and throughout the country. Most claims involve workers who directly handled, installed, maintained and insulated Hughes Aircraft and equipment.

Plaintiffs are likely to be veterans, engineers, mechanics and assemblers on the plant floors who worked with engines and asbestos-containing seals and gaskets.

Management failed in many cases to warn workers of the potential dangers and risks, and did little to protect workers, and as a result, former workers who fall ill rightly deserve compensation for pain and suffering, medical costs and lost wages.


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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 Asbestos 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.


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Questions about Hughes Aircraft 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
Video: the Statute of Limitations for Asbestos

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.

Our Victories

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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