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Former workers at Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company at Ohio’s Brier Hill Works plant may have been exposed to asbestos and could possibly develop related illnesses decades later. The Youngstown, Ohio Brier Hill Works closed in 1979, though employed thousands of Ohio workers, endangering many with asbestos at the work site.

Medical studies strongly suggest workers in the steel industry are at an increased risk for developing asbestos-related diseases. Workers that regularly inhaled asbestos fibers have eventually developed fatal diseases like asbestosis or mesothelioma. Even family members of Ohio steel workers were at risk of potential second-hand exposure.

Health issues related to asbestos exposure often develop many years later. Some estimates say about 3,000 Americans will be diagnosed with mesothelioma this year.

As a result of occupational exposure to asbestos, many former workers at Youngstown Sheet & Tube are filing lawsuits to compensate for their serious and deadly illnesses.

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


The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure


Inhaling toxic asbestos fibers for long periods can severely damage tissue surrounding the lungs. Because of the large amount of asbestos material in Ohio steel plants, Youngstown workers were at high risk of developing serious health issues.

Medical researchers have published several studies related to cases of asbestosis among steel workers. Inhaled asbestos fibers have been found in the lungs of workers up to five decades after exposure, causing cancers such as mesothelioma.


Ohio Workers Exposed to Asbestos at Workplace


Direct handling of machinery, equipment and material at the Brier Hill Works plant in Youngtown, Ohio exposed workers to large amounts of asbestos on a daily basis—asbestos was added to hundreds of products until the 1970s, many of them used in the steel industry.

From the 1940s until Youngstown Sheet & Tube shut down, steel plants commonly used asbestos as an insulation material and were constructed with asbestos in refractory bricks, floor and ceiling tiles. Employees often wore protective asbestos clothing during production processes. Protective gloves, aprons, coveralls and facemasks all contained asbestos materials.


Occupational Exposure at Youngstown Sheet & Tube


The following tasks were associated with high Youngstown asbestos exposure at the plant:

•    Inspecting factory equipment
•    Machining, fitting and assembling steel products
•    Assembling and repairing boilers
•    Operating plant machines
•    Welding projects
•    Tending stoves or furnaces
•    Forging and heat-treating steel products
•    Insulating pipe systems
•    Installing floor or ceiling tiles
•    Smelting and pouring materials
•    Working in any enclosed space with asbestos products


Symptoms of Mesothelioma


Symptoms of asbestos-related lung disease can be delayed for many years. By the time signs of damage appear, mesothelioma has likely reached an advanced stage. Symptoms of mesothelioma can vary, and include the following:

•    Persistent cough
•    Pain in the chest and rib area
•    Mysterious lumps of tissue on the chest and abdomen
•    Trouble breathing
•    Pain and swelling of the abdomen
•    Weight loss


Legal Action—Compensation for Mesothelioma Victims


The Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company and employers at the Brier Hill Works failed to meet a responsibility for maintaining a safe work environment for their employees.

Therefore, many metal and steel plant workers affected by asbestos-related diseases have filed lawsuits. Attorneys state that asbestos manufacturers and steel factory management knew about the health dangers and failed to properly warn employees.

Throughout Ohio, steel plants have been involved in asbestos litigation for exposing former workers to asbestos. As a result, Youngstown asbestos manufacturers, steel corporations and established asbestos trusts have paid billions to victims in compensation for the damage done.

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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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