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General Electric (GE) is one of the largest toxic tort defendants, named in hundreds of thousands of occupational asbestos exposure cases nationwide.

Although the majority of General Electric asbestos lawsuits are claims related to toxic exposure of workers manufacturing turbines and other heavy industrial equipment, employees in Ohio and Kentucky plants may have been exposed in aviation, power generation and appliance capacities.

For many years, GE manufactured turbines and other machines and equipment that contained asbestos, exposing thousands of civilians and military personnel in Ohio, Kentucky and throughout the country.

Many of the past and current plaintiffs involved in Kentucky General Electric asbestos litigation have developed asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Military veterans and former employees at Kentucky and Ohio GE plants have been exposed.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated personal injury and toxic tort lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in mesothelioma and General Electric Asbestos injury claims.


Kentucky GE Aviation Asbestos Cancer


General Electric Aviation facilities, like the one in Cincinnati, Ohio and in Madisonville, KY, produced turbines and high-powered propulsion systems for military aircraft and commercial airliners.

Because of its strength and heat-resistant properties, asbestos was often used to build aircraft components. As a result, engineers, mechanics, welders, and maintenance crew and other workers were exposed to toxins built into engines, turbines, electrical components, bearings, and gaskets.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, thousands of Americans who served in the Air Force and Navy faced asbestos exposure sometime during their military career. Veterans account for about 30 percent of all new mesothelioma cases in the United States.

Veterans are at a risk of developing mesothelioma, asbestosis, and deadly cancers because of exposure to asbestos in numerous machines, installations, barracks, ships and heavy equipment. Experts and the World Health Organization (WHO) warn that even a small amount of asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma and asbestosis.


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Symptoms of Mesothelioma & Asbestos Illness


Former Ohio and Kentucky General Electric workers who may have been exposed to asbestos should request health screening tests by a medical professional, and contact an experienced attorney.

Mesothelioma is often overlooked because many of the symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses, and the latency period is quite varied. Warning signs of a serious condition may include:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent cough—bloody mucus
  • Lumps of tissue on abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue

General Electric Asbestos Lawsuits


Personal injury lawsuits have been filed by former employees of GE in Ohio and Kentucky and throughout the country. Most claims involve workers who directly handled, installed, maintained and insulated General Electric engines and turbines.

Plaintiffs are likely to be veterans, engineers, mechanics and assemblers on the plant floors who worked with GE engines and asbestos-containing seals and gaskets.

GE management failed in many cases to warn workers of the potential dangers and risks, and did little to protect workers, and as a result, former workers who fall ill rightly deserve compensation for pain and suffering, medical costs and lost wages.

GE Plant Locations in Kentucky:

  • General Electric Motors Plant—Owensboro, KY
  • General Electric Aviation—Madisonville, KY
  • General Electric (GE Appliances)—Louisville, KY
  • General Electric—Erlanger, KY
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Questions about Asbestos

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 lug 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 though to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous tot he 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.

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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 in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence cases.  The cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world 

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Asbestos can be found in homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military circumstances. According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOHS), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Approximately 107,000 workers are affected by 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 250,000 new cases before 2020 due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.

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