Sharonville Monsanto Asbestos Exposure may lead to mesothelioma and lung cancer lawsuits
Monsanto employees in the Sharonville, Ohio chemical plant may have been exposed to asbestos, and could develop serious illnesses related to the toxic material on the work site.
Monsanto is prominent American manufacturer, responsible for producing a number of hazardous chemicals, including Agent Orange, PCBs, RoundUp and other cancer-causing agents. As a result, the company has faced thousands of lawsuits in recent years from employees and end users.
The asbestos litigation surrounding the company is often shadowed by the high-profile agriculture GMO news, however, asbestos remains a hazard at Monsanto and many other chemical companies, and hundreds of Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year.
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.
Monsanto Asbestos Exposure Risk
People who become ill from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through “substantial environmental contact.”
Chemical plants, like Monsanto, often utilize large amounts of piping that connect manufacturing and industrial buildings. These pipes, as well other equipment such as ovens, tanks, boilers and pumps, contain asbestos and pose risk to Monsanto employees.
According to the National Cancer Institute, factors that help determine how asbestos exposure affects an individual include:
• Dose (how much asbestos an individual was exposed to)
• Duration (how long an individual was exposed)
• Size, shape, and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers
• Source of the exposure
• Individual risk factors, such as smoking and pre-existing lung disease
What are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma may vary, depending on where the cancer occurs. By the time symptoms appear, the cancer has already reached an advanced stage. Pleural mesothelioma, which affects the tissue surrounding the lungs, causes symptoms that include:
• Chest pain
• Painful coughing
• Shortness of breath
• Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin on your chest
This type of cancer causes fluid to collect around the lung. Thus, persistent pain in the chest and shortness of breath are common symptoms of mesothelioma.
If mesothelioma spreads, the person affected may have severe pain, difficulty swallowing, a drooping eyelid, weakness and loss of sensation in arms or hands, or swelling of the abdomen. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in abdominal tissue, causes symptoms that may include:
• Abdominal pain
• Abdominal swelling
• Lumps of tissue in the abdomen
• Unexplained weight loss
Asbestos: Current and former employees have filed lawsuits against Monsanto for endangering them at asbestos-filled buildings and work sites.
PCBs: Used in food packaging, paints, and to insulate electronics, among other things, PCBs were manufactured exclusively by Monsanto until 1977, and were eventually banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the lawsuit, Monsanto knew about the dangers of PCBs but continued to sell the product even after the government ban — while maintaining they were safe to the public.
RoundUp: As early as the 1980s, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committee determined the weed killer Roundup could cause cancer. Since then, there has been much back-and-forth argument on the subject. But a report in March 2015 released by the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the same concerns.
The WHO now says Roundup “probably” causes cancer. This was determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the WHO’s cancer agency.
Legal Action and Compensation for Victims
Monsanto has been a defendant in numerous of lawsuits over the last 30 years. The company’s dark legal history demonstrates their attitude toward maximizing profit at the expense of employees and users of their products.
If you or a loved one suffered an asbestos-related illness after working at Monsanto or another Ohio chemical plant, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.