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American Optical Company

Workers exposed to asbestos

Founded in 1869, American Optical started as an eyewear manufacturer. Undergoing a number of changes and expansion like purchasing the Spencer Lens Company in 1935, it then became the American Optical Scientific Instrument Division in 1945. Nowadays the factory houses Reichert Technologies, an ophthalmic instruments manufacturer. Due to the high use of asbestos in manufacturing their products and a failure to provide proper protection, if you are a former employee you might be at risk.

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American Optical employees exposed to asbestos

Any amount of asbestos exposure is considered to be a risk to human health. Workers at American Optical Company have been risking their health for years while working in an asbestos-contaminated environment.

The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of the asbestos exposure which occurred through American Optical are:

Glassmaking was a big source of exposure. As it requires extremely high temperatures, workers were using furnaces and mold that had asbestos thermal insulation. They also wore equipment made of asbestos and used tongs to move the hot glass between machines. Handling all of the above on a daily basis has put workers at risk of inhaling small asbestos fibers for a prolonged period of time, thus raising the risk of developing asbestos-related lung disease.

As working in a contaminated environment can have effects on your health even years after the exposure has stopped, it’s extremely important to constantly check the health state of your lungs.

Thousands of American Optical employees began suffering from terrible diseases after 1980

If you are diagnosed with a cancerous disease, you or a family member will deal with our staff over the phone and via emails ONLY, no need to travel at all. If you pass away before or during the process, surviving family members will receive the amount awarded by the claims.

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

If you receive the diagnosis of a noncancerous disease, we will need to do more testing (X-rays, breathing, and blood tests) done at our medical facility in Birmingham, Alabama, where you will be accurately diagnosed.

Asbestosis Pulmonary Fibrosis Pleural Plaques Pleural Effusion Diffuse Pleural Thickening COPD Emphysema Chronic Bronchitis Pleurisy Lung Nodules Lung Spots Asthma Tuberculosis Pneumonitis Histoplasmosis Rounded Atelectasis Lung Scarring Bladder Cancer

Families of former American Optical Company workers subjected to secondary exposure are entitled to compensation


Glass workers were exposed to great health risks by handling molds and furnaces that had asbestos insulation. But it wasn’t just them facing a potential hazard. Construction and maintenance workers were also at risk, by scraping, removing, and re-applying asbestos insulation on furnaces. Similar risks might have faced workers who serviced boilers, pipes, and turbines that provided steam and hot water. Performing these regular maintenance services would release asbestos fibers into the air, thus contaminating the environment and raising the possibilities of developing lung diseases.

If you were an employee working one of the above-mentioned jobs, and have developed an asbestos-related lung disease, you have the right to receive compensation. ELG has over 25 years of experience litigating asbestos claims and has helped over 26.000 victims. Take action as soon as possible and contact us, as these cases have a certain statute of limitations. We will help you file a claim and get compensated.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

The surviving family members of a worker who developed a disease as a result of occupational asbestos exposure but has not taken legal action during their lifetime are also eligible for compensation. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members, our attorneys will help you recover the money you deserve on behalf of your loved one. While it is very complex, the legal process requires minimal involvement on your part, as the majority of the aspects, such as the claim and the documents which must accompany it, will be efficiently handled by our legal team. If you have a family member who lost their lives to a disease that was caused by workplace asbestos exposure, do not hesitate to contact our law firm for quality legal assistance. It is important to know that, because we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.