American Crane Corporation

Workers exposed to asbestos

Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, this company has been manufacturing construction cranes since 1882. More specifically, it produces lattice boom crawler cranes with capacities varying from 50 to 275 tons. Initially, the company was known as Franklin Manufacturing Company. In 1998, American Crane Corporation was acquired by Terex for $27 million. Today, it makes a wide range of cranes, such as terrain cranes, crawler cranes, and tower cranes. Regrettably, because it was operating during the heyday of asbestos, the workers of American Crane Corporation were exposed to asbestos, as the mineral was crucial for the manufacturing of numerous machine components. If you were employed at this company and now struggle with a disease caused by occupational asbestos exposure, we recommend you to contact our legal team, as we can recover financial compensation for you.

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American Crane Corporation employees exposed to asbestos

Both the manufacturers of cranes and the employees who had to use this machinery were moderate to severely exposed to asbestos on the job. The workers of American Crane Corporation would produce components for cranes that contained asbestos, mostly as insulation, such as gaskets, packing, and yarn. The packing would take many forms, including hydraulic, braided, and molded. Numerous occupational groups were exposed to asbestos by this company during the last century, whether directly or indirectly, namely:

Crane operators would often work on demolition sites, which were usually areas whose air was clouded with asbestos dust. While the cranes themselves were removing building debris, asbestos fibers were inhaled by the operators, as this process would release toxic particles into the atmosphere. Furthermore, crane operators generally worked in open cabs at ground level that were open to the elements. Very few of these workers had air filtration systems to allow fresh air to circulate. Even those who worked high in the air were at significant risk of inhaling and ingesting asbestos fibers.

Interestingly, asbestos was also present in the very machine crane operators would use. Certain parts of the crane where asbestos would lurk were the engine compartments, the brakes in wheels, and the hoisting apparatus. Because their job would entail a high risk of asbestos exposure, former crane operators are encouraged to undergo regular medical examinations, as the diseases asbestos exposure causes are rarely accompanied by symptoms in the early stages.

Asbestos related cancer eligible for filing a claim

If you developed one of the following cancers as a result of occupational exposure, you are eligible for compensation. If you are too ill, a family member can help you with the legal process. In the unfortunate event that you pass away before recovering compensation, your surviving family members will receive compensation on your behalf.

Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Throat Cancer Esophageal Cancer Bronchial Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Colorectal Cancer

If, however, you struggle with non-cancerous pleural diseases such as asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), pleurisy, lung nodules, lung spots, asthma, pneumonitis, tuberculosis, rounded atelectasis or lung scarring, please seek a second or even a third opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high among the victims of asbestos exposure.

Secondary asbestos exposure, a serious concern for the family members of American Crane Corporation workers

Having shared the same house with a family member who was working at American Crane Corporation during the last century places you at significant risk of developing a serious disease yourself. This is because you were most likely secondarily exposed to asbestos. Secondary asbestos exposure occurs when one comes in contact with asbestos from indirect sources. It was very common in the families of asbestos workers, including those employed at American Crane Corporation, as asbestos companies did all in their power to hide the health dangers of asbestos exposure for their own financial gain.

As a result, employees who handled asbestos were not provided with protective equipment to wear on the job, and they were not asked to change their clothes at the end of their shift either. For this reason, they would bring home asbestos dust on their work clothes nearly every day. While their wives would usually be exposed to asbestos when laundering their clothes, their children would inhale and ingest toxic fibers when greeting their fathers. If one of your family members was a worker of American Crane Corporation and you have a disease that has a link to asbestos exposure, please contact our attorneys, as you may be eligible for compensation.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

In the tragic event that you lost a family member to a disease caused by occupational asbestos exposure who had not sought financial compensation while alive, you can opt to file a wrongful death claim. This claim will result in a sum of money on behalf of your departed loved one, and while it will not be as large as the one they would have received, it will still help you with costs such as funeral expenses. If you decided to file a wrongful death claim, all you need to do is give us a phone call, explain your situation in detail, and, lastly, send our legal experts the employment and medical records of your family member along with their death certificate.

Based on the documents you provided our law firm with, our attorneys, who have over 25 years of experience in toxic exposure cases, will carefully assess your situation. If they determine that you are entitled to compensation, they will promptly start preparing your wrongful death claim for submission. It is important to know that you will not have to worry about the legal process, as it will require little involvement on your part. Following claim submission, you will benefit from the compensation you qualify for from the liable employer. You should also know that we will not charge you anything unless we obtain money for you.