Former Coca-Cola Employees from Cincinnati Bottling Works Plant Risk Mesothelioma
Up until the 1980s asbestos materials were regularly used in thousands of manufacturing facilities across the country, injuring countless employees, and causing deadly illnesses like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. The Coca-Cola Company Bottling Works in Cincinnati is one example of a workplace that had asbestos throughout the buildings, and for many years employees may have been in danger of breathing in toxic asbestos fibers.
The Coca-Cola Company has faced several lawsuits in the past from former employees in Ohio and throughout the nation, who have made asbestos exposure claims. Coca-Cola employees may have been exposed to the fibers from asbestos, which can become lodged in the lungs, and may cause permanent damage, and in some cases, deadly tumors. Inhaling asbestos fibers has been proven to directly cause lung cancer and other disorders, including mesothelioma.
Nearly any former worker at the Coca-Cola Bottling Works in Cincinnati could be at risk of developing serious health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
Asbestos Remains a Serious Concern for Many American Workers
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, significant occupational exposure to asbestos in the past significantly increases the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. The CDC classifies asbestos as a cancer-causing agent.
Even though today asbestos is not often used, thousands of new cases of Mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. The CDC has reported that the annual number of mesothelioma deaths has increased in recent years, reflecting the extensive use of asbestos in workplaces in the past.
A substantial amount of asbestos materials remains in older buildings like the Coca-Cola Bottling Works in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Coca-Cola Bottling Works building was built in the late 1930s, an era when asbestos was used in many manufacturing applications, and throughout facilities as insulation in boiler rooms, piping and several other areas.
Bottling Works Workers at Risk for Mesothelioma
For many decades, millions of American workers were exposed to asbestos at work sites like the Cincinnati Coca-Cola Bottling Works Company. Workers who later develop mesothelioma are usually exposed to asbestos on a regular basis, however even a short exposure to toxic asbestos materials can cause irreparable damage to the lungs and develop into deadly diseases like lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Evidence from the World Health Organization suggests there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Researchers have reported asbestos-related diseases in individuals with only brief exposures, and even in family members who were exposed only by fibers brought home from the workplace. This secondary risk is thought to derive from asbestos fibers stuck to the clothing and body of workers.
Primary Cause and Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Illness
Breathing asbestos fibers into the lungs damages the neighboring tissue. This often can lead to the development of asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. According to the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, most cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed from 10 to 40 years after initial asbestos exposure.
Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma can vary, depending on where the cancer occurs. Various forms of mesothelioma can present with unclear symptoms. But by the time symptoms appear, the cancer is often advanced. Mesothelioma affects the tissue surrounding the lungs, causing symptoms that may include:
• Chest pain
• Painful coughing
• Shortness of breath
• Unusual lumps of tissue on chest
• Abdominal swelling
According to the National Cancer Institute, the following factors determine how asbestos exposure may affect an individual:
• Dose of exposure
• Duration of exposure
• Size, shape, and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers
• Source of the exposure
• Individual risk factors, such as smoking and pre-existing lung disease
Legal Representation for Coca-Cola Employees
If you or a loved one has been among Coca-Cola Employees and suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at the Coca-Cola Bottling Works in Cincinnati, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.