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Aerospace Workers at Risk of Radiation-Related Cancer

The risk of cancer among persons exposed to ionizing radiation in the workplace has been a subject of study since the 1940s, when increased mortality from leukemia was reported among working radiologists.

Since then, numerous studies have identified an elevated cancer risk among various occupationally exposed groups, such as aerospace workers at industrial facilities, like General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Employees at General Electric in Ohio, and other aerospace companies and contractors around the country may be regularly exposed to dangerous ionizing radiation, which can lead to the development of several deadly cancers including brain tumor formation called glioblastoma.

Glioblastoma (GBM) is a common malignant brain tumor in American adults, often developed after occupational exposure of ionizing radiation. The cancer is quite deadly, with a median survival time of 12 to 15 months. Each year in the United States, about 23,000 new patients are diagnosed with brain cancer and 16,000 deaths are reported from brain and other central nervous system cancers.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Lawyer who has represented individuals nationwide in personal injury claims, and is currently representing former General Electric employees.

If you have been exposed to Ionizing Radiation, and have questions about your legal rights, please contact The Lyon Firm.

American Aerospace Corporations

General Electric Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio is large employer, though is only a part of the entire aerospace industry in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that the aerospace industry employs around 444,000 American workers. The following large companies employ the majority of employees in the industry:

  • General Electric
  • Boeing Corp.
  • NASA
  • Raytheon
  • Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • United Technologies
  • Northrop Grumman


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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.

Aerospace Workers Cancer Cases

The risk of developing brain cancers like glioblastoma increases with occupational exposure, and studies show risk increases in certain groups exposed to ionizing radiation. Radiation exposure can occur from ingesting, inhaling, injecting, or absorbing radioactive materials.

The following cancer causing agents have been identified at several industrial facilities, including aerospace research and production plants like General Electric Aviation in Ohio:

  • Radiation
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Crystalline silica
  • 1,2-dichloroethane
  • Ethylbenzene
  • Asbestos
  • Methylene chloride
  • Nickel
  • Sulphuric acid
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Welding fume

Welding may generate a possible exposure to a number of different toxic metals. Welding in the aerospace workplace presents additional cancer risks for individuals.

A concentration of airborne radiation has been measured in industries that use a radioactive thorium rod in Welding Injuries. Radiation exposure can be amplified and is a serious concern for welders and any nearby employee.

General Electric & Aerospace Workers Lawsuits

Employees who worked at General Electric Co. in Evendale, Ohio, from January, 1961 through June 30, 1970, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, are included in a Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) because of proven exposure to cancer-causing agents. Employees may file a claim if they have developed at least one of 22 “specified cancers” as a result of working at General Electric Aviation.

Current employees and employees unqualified under those specific dates, though have developed occupational diseases and cancers due to radiation exposure, should contact experienced medical and legal professionals in Ohio.

Cancers Associated with Radiation Exposure

The following types of cancer are associated with ionizing radiation exposure:

  • Bone cancer
  • Renal cancers
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease)
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Brain cancer—glioblastomas
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gall bladder cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pharynx cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Bladder cancer
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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.


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Your Right to Safety

Watch our Video About the 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 as 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.