Ohio Asbestos Lawsuit Lawyers
What Is Asbestos
If you have been injured by exposure to asbestos, the Ohio asbestos injury law lawyers at Clark, Perdue & List can help you investigate an asbestos lawsuit.
Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers that can be separated into threads. Asbestos fibers do not conduct electricity and are very resistant to fire and chemicals. As a result of these qualities, asbestos was used in many products for nearly 100 years, resulting in exposure to millions of Americans in their homes and workplaces. Asbestos exposure in shipyards, factories, construction sites and military installations was common. As a result, asbestos exposure-related disease is prevalent in military veterans and individuals employed at those job sites (link to types of jobs with high asbestos exposure rates). Asbestos was also used in insulation, drywall, paint, roofing, soundproofing materials and ceiling and floor tiles in schools, public buildings, commercial establishments and homes.
As early as the 1920s companies that manufactured asbestos products were reportedly aware of the high death rates from pulmonary and lung disease among individuals exposed to asbestos. In the 1930s and 1940s, medical evidence clearly suggested a link between lung diseases and certain cancers to asbestos exposure. Warnings to asbestos manufacturers were unheeded by most companies and, in fact, many asbestos industry companies concealed the dangers of asbestos exposure. In 1955, research definitely established the connection between asbestos exposure and cancer. By the time federal regulations were imposed, millions of Americans had been exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Although federal asbestos exposure limits were implemented in 1972, the National Cancer Institute reports that 3,000 new cases of malignant mesothelioma are diagnosed each year, and it is estimated that 10,000 Americans die every year as a result of disease caused by exposure to asbestos.
Learn more about mesothelioma, one of the leading severe medical conditions caused by asbestos exposure.
Exposure To Asbestos At The Work
Jobs that may lead to asbestos exposure include:
- Asbestos textile mills;
- Automobile manufacturing workers;
- Aeronautical engineers;
- Aircraft mechanics;
- Appliance installers;
- Auto mechanics;
- Asbestos plant workers;
- Auto plant workers;
- Boilermakers, boiler room and engine room workers;
- Bulldozer operators;
- Cement plant workers;
- Chemical plant workers;
- Civil engineers;
- Construction workers;
- Demolition and wrecking crews;
- Drill press operators;
- Drywall workers and tapers;
- Electrical engineers and workers, electricians;
- Electrical linemen and cablemen;
- Factory workers;
- Firefighters – In addition to standard firefighting equipment such as asbestos gloves and suits, firefighters can be exposed to a wide variety of construction materials in older buildings that contain asbestos. Deaths from mesothelioma have already been reported among the first responders to the World Trade Center attack;
- Freight and material handlers;
- Furnace men, smelter men and pourers;
- Garage workers;
- Grinding machine operators;
- Heavy equipment mechanics;
- Household appliance installers;
- HVAC mechanics;
- Industrial engineers;
- Industrial workers;
- Iron workers;
- Locomotive engineers;
- Machine operatives;
- Merchant marines;
- Metal lathers;
- Maintenance workers;
- Masonry workers;
- Mechanical engineers;
- Oil refinery workers;
- Operating engineers;
- Paper mill workers;
- Power plant workers;
- Railroad workers;
- Refinery workers;
- Refractory plant workers;
- Road machine operators;
- Roofers and slaters;
- Sailors and deckhands;
- Sheet metal workers;
- Shipyard workers – 80 percent of workers with 20 years or more job time suffer asbestos-related disease;
- Stationary engineers;
- Steam fitters;
- Steel mill workers;
- Stone masons;
- Structural metal craftsmen;
- Telephone repair men;
- Textile mill workers;
- Tile setters;
- Tool and die makers;
- U.S. Navy vets – Of all military veterans, Navy veterans have the highest incidence of asbestos-related disease. Every ship built and used by the U.S. Navy prior to mid-1970s contained numerous asbestos containing materials;
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