Eagle-Picher Industries

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

The company started in 1942 but became what we know today as Eagle-Picher in 1916 when the merger between Eagle White Lead Works and Picher Lead Company took place. It was initially a corporation that manufactured products based on zinc. In time, Eagle-Picher acquired different companies that were using other minerals in their products. One of these minerals was asbestos, known at that time for its fireproofing characteristics. Until the mid-1970s, this poisonous mineral was used in manufacturing some of its products.

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Eagle-Picher Industries employees exposed to asbestos

While the company was founded in 1842, it was not until the middle of the last century that Eagle-Pitcher Industries began employing asbestos in their products. Over 6,500 workers were exposed to asbestos by the company, whereas thousands of people in other occupational groups – such as roofers, power plant workers, bricklayers, railroad workers, insulators, chemical workers, and drywall installers – also came in contact with the carcinogenic fibers of this mineral on the job. By 1990, more than 70,000 injured employees filed lawsuits against Eagle-Pitcher Industries. Unable to pay out compensation to each victim, the company sought bankruptcy protection in 1991 and subsequently established a trust fund, which still provides workers whose health was compromised by asbestos exposure with the money they need.

The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of the asbestos exposure which occurred by working at Eagle-Pitcher or with their products are:

Considering the fact that asbestos-related diseases may take a long time to develop, it's extremely important that anyone who has a history of asbestos exposure regularly monitor their health. In the interest of promoting the importance of early diagnosis, we are offering screenings free of charge for Eagle-Pitcher employees.

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.

We Also Offer Legal Assistance to the Family Members of Eagle-Pitcher Industries Workers Injured by Secondary Asbestos Exposure

Since companies kept insisting that asbestos exposure is absolutely safe, people who had a family member working with the mineral were not concerned about their health in the slightest when he would return home covered in toxic dust. Indirect exposure, also known as secondary exposure, happens when one comes in contact with a hazardous substance or matter without interacting first-hand with the source of contamination. In the case of asbestos, this route of exposure was most common among family members of workers, who would unwittingly inhale or ingest carcinogenic fibers from the clothes of the person in question. The majority of women who now struggle with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos when laundering their husbands’ work clothes, as this entailed shaking the garments out, which would inevitably release asbestos fibers in the air.

Have you lived in the same house as someone who was, at the time, employed at Eagle-Pitcher Industries? If you have, you are at risk of developing a serious disease, so we advise you to monitor your health. However, in the unfortunate event you already have a diagnosis that appears to be the result of secondary asbestos exposure, please contact our attorneys, who will eagerly help you recover financial compensation for your injury. With over 25 years of professional experience, they and their resourceful legal team will carefully evaluate your case and come up with the most effective approach to obtain the maximum amount of money you are entitled to from the asbestos trust fund of Eagle-Pitcher Industries.

Legal assistance in asbestos exposure cases

Occupational asbestos exposure is responsible for a wide range of diseases, from asbestosis to mesothelioma. If you suffer from such a disease and Eagle-Pitcher Industries was your employer at some point before the mid-1970s, we strongly encourage you to take legal action. As the company has a trust fund, litigation is not a step of the process and you will thus recover the compensation you are eligible for within a shorter time. Our lawyers, who have been handling toxic exposure cases for nearly 30 years, will assist you with filing a claim with the asbestos trust fund of Eagle-Pitcher Industries by taking care of the most complex aspects of the process on your behalf. For more information, please contact us and we will promptly answer all your questions.