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Well into the 1970s asbestos materials were regularly used in hundreds of brewing and distilling plants across the country, injuring thousands of employees, and leading to terrible medical conditions like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Some breweries and distilleries in Kentucky had asbestos throughout the buildings, and for decades employees may have been in danger of inhaling and ingesting toxic asbestos fibers.

In more recent years, companies who ran older brewing and distilling facilities have been targeted in several lawsuits by former employees in Kentucky for asbestos exposure claims.

If inhaled at the workplace, the tiny fibers from asbestos can get lodged in the lungs, and cause permanent damage, and deadly tumors. Inhaling asbestos fibers has been proven to directly cause lung cancer, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma.

Many former distillery and brewery workers in Kentucky could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Asbestos attorney and personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.


Kentucky Brewery Workers Asbestos Risks


According to studies published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), occupational exposure to asbestos in the past significantly increases the risk of specific deadly diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma. The CDC and other health safety agencies now classify asbestos as a cancer-causing agent.

Asbestos materials remain in many older buildings like distilleries and breweries in Kentucky—built in a time when asbestos was used in various applications, and throughout facilities as insulation in boiler rooms, piping and other areas of production.

Even short durations of exposure to toxic asbestos materials can lead to severe damage to the lungs and develop into deadly diseases like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

Even though asbestos is no longer installed in buildings in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society thousands of new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. Because of its latency period, most cases of mesothelioma are not diagnosed until 10 to 40 years after initial asbestos exposure.


Causes & Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Illness


Breathing asbestos fibers into the lungs can permanently damage the tissue, leading to asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Signs of mesothelioma can vary, depending on where the cancer occurs.

Various forms of mesothelioma can present with unclear symptoms, although when symptoms appear the cancer is already advanced. Mesothelioma causes symptoms that may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Persistent coughing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Weight loss
  • Unusual lumps of tissue in chest
  • Abdominal swelling

Kentucky Brewery & Distillery Locations


  • Schenley Distillers—Lexington, KY
  • Phoenix Brewing Company—Louisville, KY
  • Bernheim Distilling Company—Louisville, KY
  • Kentucky Valley Distilling Company—Louisville, KY
  • Old Kentucky Distillery—Louisville, KY
  • Bonnie Brothers Distillery—Louisville, KY
  • Brown Forman Distillers—Louisville, KY
  • Falls City Brewing Company—Louisville, KY
  • Frank Fehr Brewing—Louisville, KY
  • Frankfort Distilleries—Louisville, KY
  • Shenley Distillery—Louisville, KY
  • Sunnybrook Distillery—Louisville, KY
  • Old ’76 Distilling—Newport, KY
  • Cava Springs Distillery—Newport, KY
  • Wiedermann Brewing Company—Newport, KY
  • Somerset Refinery—Pulaski County, KY
  • Daviess County Distilling Company—Owensboro, KY
  • Fleischmann Distilling—Owensboro, KY
  • Glenmore Distilleries—Owensboro, KY
  • Mealey Distilling—Owensboro, KY
  • George T. Stagg Company Distillery—Frankfort, KY
  • Taylor Distilling Company—Frankfort, KY
  • Old Crow Plant—Frankfort, KY
  • Old Grand-Dad Plant—Frankfort, KY
  • Schenley Distillery Company—Frankfort, KY
  • Heidelberg Brewing Company—Covington, KY
  • Bavarian Brewing Company—Covington, KY
  • Barton Distilling—Bardstown, KY
  • Fairfield Distillers—Bardstown, KY
  • Heaven Hill Distilleries—Bardstown, KY
  • Independent Distilleries—Bardstown, KY
  • Shawhan Distillery—Bardstown, KY
  • Tom Moore Distillery—Bardstown, 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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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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