A few decades ago industrial workers had virtually no protection from hazardous asbestos in the workplace. The fiberous mineral was used in pipe and boiler insulation, steel mill furnace linings, heat-resistant blankets and clothing, gaskets, brake shoes and a host of other products. Workers in steel mills, chemical plants, foundries, rail yards, paper mills and power stations worked around asbestos material on a daily basis without ever knowing that their lungs were in jeopardy.
Fast forward to the present day and many of those same workers are developing tragic lung diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. For asbestos fibers, once breathed, stay imbedded in the lungs for many years, causing lung scarring and cancerous growths.
While medical advances have made lung cancer treatable if caught early, many people put off seeing a doctor when symptoms first arise, and by the time they do seek medical attention, the cancer has progressed too far. Sadly, there is no cure for asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Doctors are interested in addressing the medical concerns of their patients, but often are not concerned with figuring out causes, and as a result many patients may not immediately make the connection between their lung disease and their past asbestos exposure. Sometimes people who smoked assume that the cigarettes alone were the cause of their problem, which is not always so.
If you or anyone you know suffers from a lung disease that might have its roots in past asbestos exposure, give us a call or send us an email.
Exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer, colo-rectal cancers, and throat cancers. It is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdomen.
Smokers, who usually attribute lung cancer to tobacco products, should know that smoking in combination with asbestos exposure increases your risk of lung cancer five to nine times over smoking alone.
The law firm of Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. has been representing asbestos disease victims for over 30 years and has helped many of its clients prove that asbestos caused their lung diseases. We offer free, confidential consultations at your convenience. We works on a contingency fee basis, never charging for our services unless we recovers financial compensation for our valued clients.
Asbestos Exposure in the State of Ohio
Our lawyers have handled cases involving asbestos exposures at industrial facilities all over Ohio. Some of the larger facilities include:
- Goodyear Tire & Rubber
- BF Goodrich
- Republic Steel, Canton, Ohio
- Republic Steel, Massillon, Ohio
- AK Steel / Armco, Middletown, Ohio
- Philip Carey, Lockland, Ohio
- Republic Steel, Cleveland
- J&L Steel, Cleveland
- Ormet / Olin Matheson / Consolidated Aluminum
- Dayton Malleable, Ironton, Ohio
- Empire Detroit Steel, Mansfield
- Westinghouse Electric Mansfield
- Martins Ferry
- Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Martins Ferry, Ohio
- Detroit Steel, Portsmouth, Ohio
- New Boston Coke Plant, Portsmouth / New Boston, Ohio
- Dayton Walther Foundry, Portsmouth, Ohio
- Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Steubenville and Mingo Junction, Ohio
- Republic Steel, Warren, Ohio
- Copperweld Steel, Warren, Ohio
- Packard Delphi, Warren, Ohio
- Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Yorkville, Ohio
- Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Campbell Works
- Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Briar Hill Works
- Republic Steel, Youngstown, Ohio
- United States Steel (Ohio Works), Youngstown, Ohio
Asbestos Exposure can cause:
- Lung Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Colon Cancer, rectal cancer and other cancers of the gastrointestinal tract
- Laryngeal Cancer
Some products that contained asbestos at various times:
- Pipe insulation
- Furnace insulation
- Insulation cement
- Attic insulation
- Drywall joint compound
- Metal-case bricks used in open-hearth furnace roofs
- Gunnite spray
- Ramming materials
- Pumps, valves and compressors
- Steam traps
- Valve packing
- Furnace door packing
- Boiler insulation
- Brake pads for automobiles
- Automobile clutches
- Automobile engine and exhaust gaskets
- Brake pads on industrial cranes and overhead cranes
- Overhead crane electrical components and insulation
- Electrical controls, motor controls, motor brakes, magnetic switches, electrical wire
- Heat resistant gloves, mittens, coats, aprons and blankets
- Cement board
- Cement siding
- Cement water pipe
- Vinyl floor tile
- Roofing coatings
- Roofing shingles and rolled roofing
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