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Toxic Exposure Attorney

investigating workplace toxic exposure & interstitial lung disease cases

Interstitial lung disease includes a group of health disorders which can lead to the progressive scarring of lung tissue—a condition that can potentially affect the ability to breathe. Causes of interstitial lung disease usually implicate long-term exposure to toxic materials and chemicals like metals and asbestos.

Chronic or long-term exposure to certain toxins and chemicals on the job can lead to lung diseases, even after decades of initial exposure. Some occupations present more at risk for occupational and interstitial lung disease than others, such as workers in factories, metal plating, machine part processing, steel plants, auto plants, oil refineries, wood processing plants, textile factories, and others with existing fumes and toxins in the workplace.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Toxic Exposure lawyer and Workplace injury attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in lung disease and occupational lung cancer claims.

Occupational Interstitial Lung Disease Lawsuits

Many reported long-term lung conditions and cancer cases are caused by occupation-associated illness and workplace exposure to metals, asbestos and other toxins. Most occupational lung diseases are caused by chronic toxin exposure, but even acute exposure to toxic substances can damage the lungs beyond repair.

Exposure to asbestos, cobalt, coal dust, wood dust, grain dust, radiation, silicaberyllium, benzene, and several other chemicals are known to raise the risk of cancer in humans.

By the time symptoms appear, severe lung damage may have already occurred. Typical signs and symptoms of interstitial lung disease may include:

  • Shortness of breath and trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain
  • Dry cough

Workplace Lung Disease & Employer Negligence

Interstitial lung disease is still somewhat of a mystery to medical experts, but it seems to occur when the lungs are triggered by an abnormal response, and the lungs become scarred and thickened. This process in turn makes it more difficult for oxygen to pass from the lungs into the bloodstream.

Many Ohio workers have been diagnosed with an occupational lung cancer or lung disease following many years employed in industrial and poorly-ventilated work settings. Victims may have viable injury claims against former employers for failing to protect workers and failing to provide a safe work environment.


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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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A Voice for Those who have suffered
Why are these cases important?

Toxic exposure cases help empower employees to fight for their right to be protected, satisfactorily informed, and to stay safe. They also bring awareness to challenge and higher the expectations of companies who are not serving their employees justly.


Your Right to Safety
Watch our Video About Benzene

Benzene is a highly-volatile chemical used in gasoline and as a solvent in many chemical and pharmaceutical products. In 2010, the World Health Organization said exposure to Benzene was a “major public health concern.”

It is a concern because Benzene is a toxin that may cause blood cancer such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute non lymphatic leukemia. The IARC classifies it as a group 1 carcinogen. Benzene is considered as toxic as substances such as asbestos.

The American Public Health Association reports that three million workers in United States at auto mechanic and repair shops, gas stations, shipping loading docks, paint manufacturing plants, printers, gas truck drivers, and rubber manufacturing facilities are at risk.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to a defective product or recalled product to obtain just compensation under the law. 


(Hamilton County, Ohio): Confidential Settlement. Lead Counsel in a case that involved secondary lead exposure to two children. Their father worked at a local recycling plant that routinely recycled computer equipment. The company violated numerous OSHA regulations related to providing safety equipment and clothing to prevent lead particles from being transferred home. As a result, the Plaintiffs father transferred lead dust to his children who then suffered lead poisoning. The case was covered extensively by the Cincinnati news media and referenced in peer-reviewed medical literature. The settlement will provide educational needs to the children who suffered neurological injuries due the exposure.