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Hobart Brothers Company

Workers exposed to asbestos

In 1917, Charles Clarence Hobart established what is now known as the Hobart Brothers Company. In the beginning, the company was a manufacturer of generators, air compressors, and metal office furniture, but, starting with the year 1925, Hobart entered the welding industry. From this point on, the Hobart Brothers Company was an important name when it came to welding products and it continued to be a family-owned company until it was purchased in 1996 by Illinois Tool Works. Some of their welding products were known to have contained asbestos due to the fire-resistant characteristics of this naturally occurring mineral. During the period asbestos was included in the manufacturing process, the lives of welders all over the country were put in danger.

Asbestos Screening

Our specialists offer free asbestos screenings to former Hobart Brothers Company employees

During the last century, the Hobart Brothers Company made use of asbestos in large amounts, as the mineral has numerous convenient properties, such as excellent resistance to fire, electricity, and a wide range of chemicals. Furthermore, it was also very cheap at the time. While not the entirety of products manufactured by the Hobart Brothers Company would contain asbestos, the harmful mineral was used in their welding equipment to increase fire resistance and durability. Because no safety measures were in place, workers would inhale and ingest toxic asbestos fibers on a regular basis, which could later result in awful diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. In fact, after 1980, mesothelioma became alarmingly common in the U.S. Every year, up to 3,000 cases are diagnosed, which – considering that it is a rare cancer – is quite a lot. The number of Americans who lose their lives to asbestos-related diseases annually ranges between 12,000 and 15,000. The occupational groups at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a consequence of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:

In a small attempt to promote timely and accurate diagnosis, as correctly identifying these diseases is extremely challenging, our medical experts provide asbestos screenings free of charge to anyone who held down a job at Hobart Brothers Company while the company was using asbestos. All you have to do is send in your most recent chest X-ray and our specialists will thoroughly examine it to let you know whether the health of your lungs should be a cause for concern. Since misdiagnosis is also very widespread among victims of asbestos exposure, we also advise you to seek a second and even third opinion from equally qualified medical professionals. In the regrettable event a disease is discovered, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers, who specialize in asbestos litigation. They will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve from your former employer, a process which requires minimal involvement on your part.

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Secondary asbestos exposure, a serious risk for the family members of Hobart Brothers Company workers


Also known as domestic exposure, secondary asbestos exposure happens when a person breathes in or swallows asbestos fibers without being in close proximity to the source of pollution. During the last century, it was overwhelmingly common within the families of asbestos workers, whether we are talking about shipyard workers, miners, construction workers, or pipefitters. As people who performed these jobs were not required by employers to change their clothes at the end of the shift, they would carelessly bring hazardous fibers home, unwittingly exposing their spouses and children. It is important to keep in mind that the dangers of asbestos exposure were kept a secret both from workers and from the general population at the time. Although secondary exposure is less likely to result in a disease than heavy, occupational exposure, there have been numerous cases of women and children who had never touched asbestos in their life, yet were suffering from mesothelioma.

If you believe you are a victim of secondary asbestos exposure because you shared the same living space with a Hobart Brothers Company employee, we strongly advise you to contact our skillful attorneys, whose primary area of practice consists of asbestos cases. With a professional experience of over 25 years, we are confident our law firm will help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve for your injury, as well as hold the responsible company liable for their unethical actions. The only documents you will have to provide your attorney with are your employment and medical records. Our experts will subsequently conduct extensive research to discover additional information that could increase the sum of money you are entitled to, while our legal team will carefully take care of the necessary paperwork for you. For more information, please give us a call and we will gladly answer all your questions.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

It is not unusual for the victims of occupational asbestos exposure to refuse to take legal action during their lifetime, often out of fear of a long and complicated process. If, however, you lost a family member to a disease caused by workplace asbestos exposure, our attorneys will help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against Hobart Brothers Company. Before starting to work on your case, our attorneys will need the employment and medical records of your family member, as well as their death certificate, which must state that their death was the result of a disease stemming from asbestos exposure. Afterward, our legal team will carefully attend to the remaining aspects of the process so that you can focus on more important matters in the meantime. You will eventually receive fair compensation on behalf of your deceased loved one if you decide to work with our law firm, which has been pursuing asbestos exposure cases since 1990. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that wrongful death asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 2 years from the moment of death in the majority of states, which should prompt you to take legal action immediately.