Youngstown, Ohio, is a city of 67,000 people that was founded in 1796. For more than 100 years, iron and steel were mainstays of the city’s economy. Large supplies of iron ore and coal helped those industries to flourish for many years. But the city’s heavy industry and construction past have put it as high risk for asbestos exposure among residents and workers. (mesothelioma.com).
Some companies in Youngstown that exposed workers to asbestos over the decades include:
- LTV Steel
- US Steel Corp
- Youngstown Airport
- Youngstown City Water Works
- American Welding
- Mahoning Electric Light Company
- Thomas Steel
- Republic Rubber Company
- Ohio Edison Company
If you or a loved one were employed by one of these or other companies in Youngtown and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation.
High-Industries for Asbestos Exposure in Youngstown and Ohio
According to the CDC, there were 1,939 deaths from asbestos cancer between 1999 and 2015 in Ohio. The state has a mortality rate from mesothelioma of 10 per million per year. Jefferson and Washington counties are among the top 50 counties in the United States for the most death rates from the disease. (CDC.gov).
Youngstown and Cleveland were long known as steel cities, and these manufacturing and industrial companies helped the economy of northern Ohio to grow for more than 75 years. Both cities have been home to major steel companies including Midland Steel, J&L Steel Corporation, and Carnegie Steel Company.
Asbestos was often used in steel mills to insulate workers and machinery from intense heat and risk of fire. Most workers in steel factories, from conductors to janitors to machinists, were at risk of asbestos exposure.
Oil refineries throughout Ohio put oil refinery workers at risk of asbestos exposure. Some of them included BP, Sunoco, Marathon Oil, and Clark Refining.
Teachers at many schools in Youngstown and across the Buckeye State face a higher risk of mesothelioma because asbestos is a common material in older buildings. While schools today must have asbestos management programs in place, asbestos exposure still happens.
Some of the schools with known asbestos problems are Jackson Elementary School in Maumee, Bluffton College, and Ashland College.
Many power facilities working in Ohio are some of the most polluting in the country because many are still powered by coal. They also were heavy users of asbestos going back many years.
Two of the worst offenders in Ohio are the Conesville Power Plant and Muskingum River Power Plant. Asbestos was often found in pipes, fire doors, insulation, gaskets, and more.
The American Shipbuilding Company started in Cleveland in the 1800s and it bought several other shipyards over the years. During World War II, the company grew and built more shipyards across the country. Throughout its history until the 1970s, the company used asbestos-containing materials in its ships and buildings.
Thousands of shipyard workers were exposed to asbestos over the years, some of whom may still get mesothelioma eventually.
Chem-Dyne is a 10-acre site near Cincinnati that was used to make many industrial chemicals. The site was added to the EPA Superfund list in the 1980s and it has been found to have asbestos, arsenic, benzene and other dangerous chemicals.
Youngstown and Ohio Asbestos Lawsuits
In 2013, a jury in Ohio awarded $27 million to John Panza and his wife. When he was a child, Panza was exposed to asbestos fibers on his father’s work clothes; he had worked at a brake company where he was exposed to brake pads laced with asbestos.
Panza originally developed mesothelioma in 2012 and he filed a personal injury lawsuit against Kelsey-Hayes Company. He was awarded $500,000 in economic damages, $12 million in noneconomic damages, and $15 million for loss of consortium for his wife.
Another personal injury lawsuit for asbestos exposure involved the family of Joseph Cicchillo, who died from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos for years at LTV Steel in Youngstown.
His family eventually was awarded $1.6 million from a Trumbell County, Ohio, jury in 2002. Cicchillo was a steelworker for 40 years and was exposed to asbestos-containing pipe insulation made by Pittsburgh Corning Corporation. (Courtlistener.com)
Youngstown and Ohio Asbestos Attorney Information
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Youngstown or in another town in Ohio, below are three mesothelioma attorneys to consider:
Kisling, Nestico & Redick
22 E. McKinley Way Street A
Poland, Ohio, 44514
Kisling, Nestico, & Redick is an experienced Ohio personal injury firm with a strong record of verdicts and settlements in toxic torts, including asbestos exposure cases. KNR possesses the skills and resources to get you the maximum mesothelioma compensation, including pain and suffering, lost earnings, and medical bills.
McDermott Hickey, LLC
20525 Center Ridge Road, #200
Rocky River, Ohio, 44116
McDermott Hickey, LLC, has been recognized for three decades as some of the top attorneys in the state of Ohio for people injured by asbestos exposure. Decades of representing asbestos victims have helped their mesothelioma attorneys develop the knowledge, experience, and skills to obtain top compensation for hundreds of plaintiffs.
Larrimer & Larrimer
165 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
If you believe that you developed mesothelioma or asbestosis from asbestos exposure in Youngstown, the attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer can help. They can file a personal injury lawsuit against your former company or companies to obtain mesothelioma compensation on your behalf. They also are skilled in filing worker’s compensation claims for workers exposed to asbestos at their current employers.
Get Youngstown Mesothelioma Legal Help
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