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Thousands of former and current employees of Goodyear Tire & Rubber and other Ohio rubber plants are at risk of serious health issues as a result of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos gained popularity for many years for its flexibility, strength, and resistance to heat, flame, and corrosion. It is now known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and other illnesses but regulations did not occur until the extreme hazards were brought to light. Workers who were employed in the rubber manufacturing industry prior to that time may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma cancer.

Unfortunately, even with the knowledge that workers were facing serious health hazards, corporations like Goodyear carried on manufacturing dangerous products, and failed to warn employees of the risks.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Catastrophic injury lawyer and Ohio Toxic exposure attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.


Hazards to Ohio Rubber Plant Workers


The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is best known for producing automobile tires but it also manufactured a number of other products, including rubberized gaskets which contained asbestos. Some rubber manufacturing plants may have even used raw asbestos in rubber mixtures to produce rubber sheets that were used for gaskets, seals and electrical insulations.

Rubber manufacturing workers may have been exposed to talc used during the molding process. The talc dust used by workers was often contaminated with asbestos.

Regardless of their position in the past 50 years, most rubber factory workers faced an occupational exposure. Production sites were built with asbestos bricks, drywall, and heating and water pipes. Asbestos gaskets were used to seal pipes, pumps, and equipment.

The following positions are considered high-risk:

  • Assembly line workers—belts and belt drives were often reinforced with asbestos fibers
  • Maintenance Crews
  • Warehouse part pickers

Goodyear Knowingly Put Workers at Risk


An uncovered corporate document in the Goodyear archives from as early as 1939 showed the company’s medical director issuing a warning about the dangers of asbestos dust and asbestosis.

Asbestos fibers can circulate through the air where they are easily inhaled or ingested and lodged in the tissue surrounding the lungs. This may lead to the development of cancers, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

An inspection report showed the plant operation was “exceedingly dirty with asbestos.” OSHA compliance data for the industry indicate over-exposures to asbestos.


Rubber Plant Asbestos Risk


Rubber factory workers may have been exposed to asbestos products at other Ohio manufacturers. Some of the notable include:


Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Illness


Asbestos-related cancers have a long latency period, and workers may not be diagnosed until many years after exposure. When they do present, symptoms of lung diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma may include:

  • Chest Pain
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Swelling of the abdomen

Goodyear Employees Settlements


A New York State jury found Goodyear at least partially responsible for the death of two lung cancer victims who previously worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber and were exposed to asbestos-containing gaskets produced by the company. The families of the victim were awarded a combined $22 million in damages.

A Dallas, Texas jury awarded over $18 million to family members of a deceased tire builder who was killed after being exposed to cancer-causing asbestos fibers at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. subsidiary. The jury concluded that Goodyear was grossly negligent in allowing the victim of mesothelioma to be continually exposed to asbestos. The verdict included $15 million in punitive damages.

An Asbestos Trust totaling $80 million was set up in 2004 after insurance giant Travelers reached a settlement with attorneys representing tens of thousands of U.S. rubber workers with asbestos claims. The fund was to cover about 14,000 of those were from Ohio, many of them Akron-area rubber and auto workers who died or developed serious illnesses from asbestos exposure.


Compensation for Goodyear Employees


Employees of Goodyear and other rubber plants may have been put at risk by their employers and various manufacturers of toxic products. If former Goodyear employees have fallen ill, or have been diagnosed with lung conditions, it may be a result of Mesothelioma Cancer. Affected employees may have a claim against Goodyear, and may consider seeking medical and legal assistance.

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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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