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Exposure to asbestos can lead to serious respiratory health problems like lung cancer or mesothelioma.

Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace and are now experiencing respiratory health issues such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, or other lung cancer may have cause to bring a lawsuit for damages. Those who worked in shipyards or at shipbuilding sites are especially vulnerable and may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos without their knowledge.

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An experienced asbestos attorney will have specialized knowledge that will help them effectively represent individuals who have been harmed by asbestos exposure or asbestos-related diseases. Joe Lyon and The Lyon Firm are a highly skilled team of attorneys who are experienced in handling asbestos-related cases.

If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos in the past and is now suffering from serious respiratory health issues, you may be able to bring a lawsuit for damages. Contact The Lyon Firm online or by calling (513) 381-2333 to learn more about how an attorney can help you and begin the legal process. Continue reading to learn more about asbestos exposure and how an asbestos lawsuit for damages can help you.

What Kind of Damages Are Available in Mesothelioma Shipyard Lawsuits?

In an asbestos lawsuit, individuals who have been harmed by exposure to asbestos may be eligible to seek various types of damages. Asbestos lawsuits are typically filed by those who have developed asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure.

Specific damages available can vary depending on the circumstances of the case, jurisdiction, and the laws in place at the time of the lawsuit. Some typical types of damages in an asbestos lawsuit may include:

  • Economic Damages: You may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses related to your asbestos-related illness. This can include costs for treatments, surgeries, medications, and medical consultations.
  • Loss of Income and Future Earning Capability: Asbestos-related diseases can often result in lost wages or the inability to work. Plaintiffs may be awarded compensation for past and future income lost due to the illness.
  • Pain and Suffering: You may be eligible for damages to compensate for the physical and emotional pain and suffering they have endured as a result of their asbestos-related illness.
  • Punitive Damages: In some jurisdictions and under certain circumstances, punitive damages may be available. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant and deter future wrongdoing.
  • Wrongful Death Damages: If the asbestos-related illness resulted in the death of the plaintiff, the surviving family members or beneficiaries may file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation. Damages in a wrongful death case may include funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship.

Asbestos lawsuits can be incredibly complex. The availability and amount of damages can vary widely depending on the specifics of each case. Asbestos litigation may involve multiple defendants, including asbestos manufacturers, suppliers, and employers, each potentially responsible for different aspects of the exposure.

If you have sustained an asbestos-related illness or injury, it is essential to consult with an experienced asbestos attorney who can provide guidance on the specific damages you may be entitled to pursue in your case. Asbestos litigation can be highly complex and an attorney needs to possess a deep understanding of asbestos exposure history, medical records, and legal intricacies in order to be successful.

Joe Lyon and the associates at The Lyon Firm have 17 years of experience in litigating complex civil cases and class actions involving corporate negligence, fraud, exposure to toxic materials, product defects, recalls, and medical malpractice. Contact The Lyon Firm online or by calling (513) 381-2333 to learn more about how we can help you bring a lawsuit for damages.


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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.

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure in Shipyards

Exposure to asbestos can pose significant health risks. The hazardous dust produced by asbestos fibers can cause a number of serious upper respiratory illnesses and cancers. If you have been exposed to asbestos and now suffer from a respiratory illness, you may be able to bring a lawsuit for damages.

Some illnesses directly caused by exposure to asbestos include:

The symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses are often delayed and the illnesses themselves have long latency periods. Because of this, many people who have been exposed to asbestos are not diagnosed with illnesses until many years after initial exposure. In some cases, it can take almost 50 years for symptoms of mesothelioma or asbestosis to present themselves.

Mesothelioma: Shipyard Workers’ Symptoms

Symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Pain in the side of the chest or lower back
  • Fever and fatigue
  • Weight loss

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact medical professionals immediately. Once you receive treatment, you may then want to consider contacting a qualified asbestos attorney. Together, you can evaluate the facts and circumstances of your individual case and decide if a lawsuit is right for you.

Many people experience asbestos exposure in their workplace. Workplaces may be contaminated with toxic materials and employers may have failed to warn their employees of the serious health risks involved with their job. By filing a lawsuit, you not only hold responsible parties accountable, you help raise awareness of job safety and ensure that future violations do not happen.

When you are ready to initiate legal proceedings, contact The Lyon Firm online or by calling (513) 381-2333. We are standing by to ensure that you receive the full justice you are entitled to under the law.

Shipyard Asbestos Toxic Exposure

Shipyard asbestos exposure has been a significant concern in the past, especially during the mid-20th century when asbestos-containing materials were commonly used in shipbuilding and repair. Asbestos was valued for its heat-resistant, fireproof, and insulating properties, making it an attractive choice for various applications aboard ships. However, the widespread use of asbestos in shipyards led to extensive asbestos exposure for workers in these environments.

Asbestos can be found in different ship parts, including insulation, fireproofing materials, gaskets, pipes, boilers, electrical wiring insulation, and more. Shipyard workers were frequently exposed to asbestos fibers while handling, installing, repairing, or removing these materials. Research suggests that the worst exposure occurred in ship engine rooms, mess halls, and on painted decks.

Are Shipyard Workers at a Heightened Risk for Asbestos Exposure?

If you worked in a shipyard during the last 75 years, there is a very good chance that you have been exposed to asbestos without your knowledge. Before the year 1980, workers in the shipbuilding industry came in contact with dangerously high levels of asbestos. Such contact drastically increases their chances of developing serious respiratory illnesses like lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Asbestos was used in boiler rooms, engine rooms, and sleeping quarters. It was used in insulation, pipe coverings, and in the paint that was used on ships. Additionally, exposure to asbestos was not limited to spending time on ships. Even workers who were working on dry docks may have been heavily exposed to asbestos.

Veterans, particularly Navy veterans, have been especially affected by asbestos-related illnesses. Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans. In addition, they may also file lawsuits against negligent companies, including the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products. An estimated 30 percent of all mesothelioma lawsuits are filed by military veterans.

A 2008 study conducted by the Ulster Medical Society indicated that shipyard workers have an asbestos mortality rate that is 16 times higher than other studied occupations. Shipyard welders and painters were at particularly high risk for exposure to asbestos because of the fumes released from metal coatings, finishes, and welding rods. OSHA reports that dangerous exposure increases if the welding or painting occurs within a confined space.

People who worked at American Shipbuilding, Hunter’s Point Shipyard, or Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are still at great risk of developing serious health complications from asbestos exposure. If former workers develop symptoms of respiratory and lung disease, they should contact medical professionals as soon as possible.

Contact an Experienced Asbestos Attorney

Hiring an experienced asbestos attorney is not only important but often necessary to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Hiring an experienced asbestos attorney is critically important. An experienced asbestos attorney will have access to the resources and specialized knowledge necessary to build the best possible lawsuit.

A lawsuit for damages may be important because financial compensation can enable you to regain your dignity and your quality of life. A settlement for damages can pay for medical treatments, therapies, day-to-day living expenses, and more.

Joe Lyon and the attorneys at The Lyon Firm have delivered incredible results for their clients, including a settlement in excess of $2.7 million dollars for the surviving spouse of a steel mill worker who was exposed to asbestos.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm

The Lyon Firm has over 17 years of experience in litigating complex asbestos matters. If you or your loved one have been exposed to asbestos and have now been diagnosed with upper respiratory illnesses, you may be able to bring a lawsuit for damages.

Joe Lyon and the associates at The Lyon Firm are committed to constructing the most robust case on your behalf, safeguarding your vital concerns. When you are prepared to initiate legal proceedings, contact The Lyon Firm online or by calling (513) 381-2333. We are dedicated to building the strongest cases we can for our clients and pursuing their critical interests.

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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.


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Questions about Shipyard Asbestos Exposure

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 Lyon 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.

Our Victories

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


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