Following a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer, victims may begin to trace the source of asbestos exposure and hire an experienced mesothelioma attorney to recover potential compensation. The majority of mesothelioma settlements are reached without ever having to enter a courtroom.
Settlement amounts may depend on the following:
Trust funds have been established to pay victims of negligent asbestos exposure at the workplace. Trust funds are now created by companies that have gone bankrupt, but are still liable for illness and damages.
Mesothelioma victims may be eligible to file a claim against one or more asbestos trust funds and seek Ohio mesothelioma settlements. There are about 60 asbestos trust funds with over $30 billion available for payouts. Some of the larger asbestos trust funds include:
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.
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.
Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.
If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.
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.
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.
Foseco, located in Cleveland, Ohio, has been named in more than 5,000 asbestos-related lawsuits. According to court records, at least eight former employees have died from mesothelioma, asbestosis or asbestos-related lung cancer. Foseco has paid more than $13 million in settlements to victims. Foseco used millions of pounds of asbestos for castings, some used inside engine blocks. Steel mill and foundry workers were at risk of developing deadly diseases from Foseco’s products.
Owens Corning has been named in thousands of lawsuits over the hazards of its products, which include roof tiles, heat and pipe insulation, cold storage systems and cement. In 2006, the company created the Owens Corning Fibreboard Asbestos Personal Injury Trust, which has already paid out hundreds of millions to victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Ohio attorneys allege the company knew about the dangers of asbestos, but failed to properly warn workers about the hazards of toxic exposure. Lawyers involved in asbestos lawsuits have said Owens-Corning knew about the hazards of their products but they chose to advertise the products as safe.
In 1997, a Florida jury handed down $31 million in punitive damages after a former Owens Corning worker developed mesothelioma. The court determined Owens Corning concealed information concerning asbestos hazards for decades.
Owens-Illinois manufactured a line of asbestos pipe and boiler insulation products under the brand name Kaylo, which became well known for causing many health issues in former employees. In 2011, an Illinois jury awarded a former worker who later developed mesothelioma $90 million in damages against Owens-Illinois. Lawyers stated those who worked in Owens-Corning factories faced exposure hazards on a daily basis. The company has settled thousands of asbestos cases and Owens-Illinois is still involved in asbestos-related litigation today.
Dana Corporation, in Maumee, Ohio, manufactured asbestos-containing brake pads, brake linings, thermal management products, gaskets and seals. Any shop worker in company could have been at risk for lung cancer, mesothelioma and other diseases. In 2007, the company settled 7,500 lawsuits, and many other may still have a claim. Dana Corporation has created a trust fund for former employees of the company worth $700 million.
Scott’s Company Asbestos Lawsuits
Scotts Co., manufactured popular fertilizer products in Marysville, Ohio which contributed to the deaths of at least five workers. Almost anybody working in the plant could have been affected. Two of the five died of asbestos-related lung cancer more than 25 years after they first were exposed at the workplace. Dozens of other current and former workers have been sickened by asbestos fibers on the job, and filed asbestos lawsuits, citing court documents, workers’ compensation claims, medical records and interviews.
Several types of workers in Cleveland, Ohio’s North American Refractories plants were exposed to a number of dangerous products on a regular basis. This may include cement workers, chemical workers, steel and metal workers, and practically any other employees in the area. The company’s ceramic refractories, hearths and blast furnace fittings and coatings were known to be asbestos laden. The company was bought out years ago, but because of the continuing lawsuits, the company has an estimated $1 billion in liabilities.
A majority of the thousands of lawsuits filed against Republic Powdered Metals in Medina, Ohio are related to its asbestos-containing Bondex products. The toxic line of products included exterior finishing systems, coatings, colorants and pigments, cleaning products, wood treatments, sealants and asbestos fuel additives. These products were bought by consumers in private and industrial sectors, exposing employees and many more, including painters and roofers.
Lincoln Electric, in Euclid, Ohio, has been named in thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits, primarily over its welding rods. In 2003, a jury awarded two former employees more than $6 million after they developed mesothelioma and lung cancer. A more recent verdict in 2010 turned out $21 million for failing to warn workers of the risks.
The majority of asbestos-related lawsuits filed against GM stemmed from of asbestos-containing brake linings and clutch facings. By 2009, the company was liable for an estimated $636 million in asbestos claims.
Lawyers say GM factories endangered auto mechanics, warehouse employees, brake and clutch assemblers and boiler workers.
The most dangerous asbestos-containing products manufactured by GM include adhesives, transmissions, brake linings, clutch linings, disc brakes, drum brakes, engines and gaskets.
The initial symptoms of mesothelioma may appear to be less serious conditions or misdiagnosed as other cancers. But patients with a history of asbestos exposure are urged to be vigilant of mesothelioma symptoms, including:
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.