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Representing California Union Oil Refinery Workers in Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer Claims

Working in oil production facilities presents several safety risks, which include exposure to toxic fumes and asbestos fibers, known to cause serious illnesses like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Oil refinery asbestos exposure occurred in numerous California facilities. Workers were likely exposed in the past to toxic asbestos materials that have been proven to cause deadly cancers and terrible health conditions.

Asbestos was utilized so commonly during building construction because it is an effective insulator and resists extreme heat and fire.

Some of California’s oil plants took no precaution to protect workers from the dangers of asbestos which resulted in injuries and deadly health consequences. This widespread negligence caused generations of oil plant workers to develop permanent asbestos-related diseases and lung conditions.

Union Oil refinery asbestos risk includes serious health conditions like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

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

Union Oil Refinery Asbestos & Risk of Exposure

Oil production plants usually contain large amounts of piping that connect separate manufacturing and storage tanks. These pipes, tanks, boilers, pumps, and other equipment may still contain asbestos.

Because the asbestos insulation was installed many years ago, it may be slowly deteriorating. Asbestos is especially toxic when it is naturally deteriorating and workers in the area are likely to inhale disturbed fibers, which can get lodged in tissue surrounding the lungs.

A published oil industry study states conclusively that exposure to asbestos in oil refineries causes pleural mesothelioma. The researchers determined mesothelioma should be considered an “occupational disease among oil refinery workers.”

In 2005, another damning report suggested that over 95 percent of mesothelioma cases are directly linked to past occupational asbestos exposure.

Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Disease

Mesothelioma and asbestosis can lay dormant for decades. Symptoms and related health concerns may not present until many years after exposure. When symptoms do show, however, they are quite pronounced and may include the following:

  • Pain in the chest and lower back
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Heavy coughing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Severe fatigue
  • Weight loss

Compensation for Mesothelioma Victims

Some of America’s largest corporations are oil companies that employ thousands of workers. These oil companies have a social responsibility and legal duty to provide their employees with safe working conditions. When they fail to properly protect workers, they are bound to compensate employees and families for medical costs, pain and suffering and lost earnings.

Workers in Union Oil plants who have developed related health issues may have claims against former or current employers. Do not hesitate to seek assistance from an experienced and determined legal professional.


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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.


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Questions about Union Oil Refinery 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.

Our Victories

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


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)


Asbestos (Mesothelioma)