Steel Workers and Asbestos Exposure

Steel workers face an exceedingly high risk of asbestos exposure due to the nature of their work. Because of the intense heat required to manufacture these metals, asbestos was used as a heat shielding agent in steel factory fixtures and machinery. Furthermore, protective garments for steel workers, such as gloves, leggings and aprons, were often made of asbestos.

Between the fibers released into the atmosphere of steel factories from machinery and fixtures, and the asbestos garments worn very close to workers’ bodies to protect them from extreme heat conditions, it’s no surprise that mesothelioma cancer has been well-documented in men and women in the iron, steel and aluminum industry.

Worse, asbestos fibers often stuck to the clothing of steel workers and were transported home to be inhaled by their spouses and children.

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Securing Results for Steel Workers With Mesothelioma

For over two decades, our asbestos attorneys have helped steel workers with mesothelioma and their families hold those who harmed them accountable and secure compensation for medical expenses.

One landmark verdict the firm won was a $250 million verdict on behalf of Roby Whittington, a steel worker who worked at U.S. Steel for 30 years. The verdict is still the largest mesothelioma verdict against a single defendant in the history of asbestos litigation.

“Roby worked hard and provided for his family and put in an honest day’s work,” said Shareholder Perry Browder, who oversaw the case. “U.S. Steel, on the other hand, treated him like he was a resource — no different than coal or iron. They poisoned him. People to this day are still getting sick and dying of mesothelioma from exposures they had 30, 40, 50 years ago.”

If you or your loved one worked in the steel industry and was later diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us today. You may be entitled to compensation, and we’re prepared to fight on your behalf to get it.

Simmons Hanly Conroy Helps Steel Workers and Their Families

Today, more than 30 years after the United States government issued warnings about the lethal nature of asbestos in industrial workplaces, people are still being diagnosed with diseases and conditions related to asbestos exposure.

Because there is a long latency period — about 10 to 50 years — for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, many individuals do not develop symptoms until the late stages of the disease. By that time, treatment options are reduced to palliative procedures to reduce pain and suffering.

If you believe you or a loved one was unfairly exposed to asbestos while working as a steel worker or another occupation in the steel industry, please fill out the form below for a free legal consultation with one of our asbestos attorneys.

We’ll help you hold the employer who hid the dangers of asbestos accountable for their actions.

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Attorney Paul Dix focuses his practice on representing families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. His dedication has resulted in the successful prosecution of numerous cases nationwide. Paul started at the firm in 2004 as a law clerk and has also clerked for the Illinois Supreme Court and Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. He attended Saint Louis University, where he graduated magna cum laude with his B.A. in economics and political science and then earned his J.D. He became an attorney in 2006.