Cincinnati, Ohio Asbestosis Lawyer Reviewing Cases of Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases in Ohio and nationwide
Many workplaces in Ohio are known for endangering employees in the past by exposing workers to asbestos in work areas and failing to warn and protect them from the toxic substances. There is no safe level of exposure to toxins like asbestos. Chronic and short-term exposure to asbestos may lead to serious adverse health problems like mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Employers who failed to provide personal protective equipment, or did not warn employees of asbestos-laden areas at the work site, may be liable for damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs incurred by victims and families. Contact an Ohio asbestosis lawyer with any questions related to working in an area that may have had asbestos on site.
Any formerly exposed worker in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana could be at risk of developing severe health issues, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio Asbestosis Lawyer and Catastrophic injury attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of toxic tort and mesothelioma claims.
What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused specifically by inhaling asbestos dust or fibers. Long-term exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to the scarring of lung tissue scarring. Asbestosis symptoms can be mild or severe, and usually don’t appear until many years after a worker’s exposure.
Asbestos was used in many industrial applications and many workers did not know when or where they were exposed. Employers, however, beginning in the 1950’s had some idea of the dangers and still failed to failed to provide safe workplaces.
The federal government began regulating the use of asbestos in the 1970s, though in thousands of cases, the damage was already done. Cases of mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer are still being diagnosed from the negligence of employers.
High levels of asbestos dust exposure over a long period of time can lead to fibers lodged within the alveoli (tiny sacs inside your lungs where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide in your blood). Asbestos fibers irritate and scar lung tissue, causing secondary health issues.
Symptoms of Asbestosis
Asbestosis signs and symptoms may not present for up for 10 to 40 years after initial asbestos exposure. Common symptoms may be similar to other lung conditions like mesothelioma, and can include:
- Trouble breathing
- A persistent cough
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Clubbing of fingers and toes: finger and toes appear wider and rounder than normal
- Chest pain
Workers Risking Asbestosis Illness
- Asbestos miners
- Aircraft mechanics
- Auto mechanics
- Boiler operators
- Construction workers
- Railroad workers
- Shipyard workers
- Power plant workers
- Steel plant workers
- Maintenance Crews
- Hospital Workers
- School Staff
Legal Action: Hiring an Ohio Asbestosis Lawyer
Companies throughout the nation have a responsibility to protect employees from toxic exposure. In the United States, federal law requires employers to take certain occupational safety measures, including issuing warnings and protective equipment.
Many factories, warehouses and other workplaces have materials such as pipes, insulation, flooring and machinery that may contain asbestos. When these dangerous materials containing asbestos are damaged, asbestos fibers may be released and cause long-term health damage to workers.
If you or a loved one suffered asbestosis or another asbestos-related illness due to exposure at an Ohio workplace, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding asbestos exposure.