Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is usually fatal. As many residents of Ohio are, sadly, well-aware, it is an illness that often develops as a result of asbestos exposure. Asbestos, a naturally occurring carcinogenic substance, was heavily used in manufacturing plants all over the country before -- and, distressingly, sometimes even after -- its deadly nature was discovered.
Far too many residents of Ohio only now are finding themselves diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses after decades of working in manufacturing jobs all over the area. Sadly, they are not the only ones to suffer this fate. A couple in another state has filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers, alleging that the husband's lung cancer is due to his asbestos exposure as an employee of the companies named in the suit.
Due to the historical prevalence of Ohio jobs in industries utilizing asbestos, residents of the state are, unfortunately, likely familiar with the illness known as mesothelioma. Some may be wondering, though, exactly what it is. The good news is that malignant mesothelioma is very rare; the bad news is that this type of cancer is very difficult to treat and still affects approximately 3,000 people every year.
Ohio has an unfortunately high incidence of asbestos-related illness due to the use of hazardous materials in manufacturing. Those in others states, however, are sadly not free from the risk either. In fact, a maintenance worker in another state is suing a railway company after, he alleges, the employer's alleged negligence resulted in his cancer.
In Ohio, widespread use of asbestos was common throughout the state due to its high number of factories and industrial manufacturing facilities. While mesothelioma and other illnesses and cancers related to asbestos exposure still surface all the time, the exposure itself often feels like an outdated concern, a worry from before safety regulations were instituted. However, a case in another state shows that, sadly, the risk of asbestos exposure is not necessarily a thing of the past.
Often, in Ohio, asbestos litigation involves cases of worker exposure due to the material's heavy use in industrial work and factories decades ago. In another state, a couple is making similar claims against a number of companies. A husband and wife are both suing several companies with claims that the companies' negligence in regards to asbestos-containing products led to the man's development of lung cancer.
In the U.S., Ohio leads in the production of rubber, plastics and metal products. While this industry has many benefits, there are also risks. Because these products are manufactured using insulation and fireproofing, many people have been exposed to asbestos across the state.
As more and more firefighters are diagnosed with various forms of cancers, it has become obvious that there is a link between their work and their health. Until recently, Ohio firefighters had a difficult time obtaining compensation for cancer diagnoses caused by their work conditions. Fortunately, Ohio lawmakers changed all that with legislation that became effective early this year.