Lincoln Electric Company

Workers exposed to asbestos

This producer of welding equipment was founded in 1895 by John Lincoln. By World War II, Lincoln Electric was already the largest manufacturer of arc-welding equipment worldwide. During the 1950s and the 1960s, the company started to expand internationally opening a division in France. From the 1990s on, Lincoln Electric started to grow by acquiring different companies and expanding its operations in more than 20 countries. The fireproof qualities of Lincoln Electric’s products were given by a naturally occurring mineral known as asbestos. This went on until the year 1981 when the company decided to move on from using it as it endangered the lives of the people using their welding products.

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Lincoln Electric Company employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, Lincoln Electric 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. As a company with a long history of asbestos use, Lincoln Electric Company has been listed as a defendant in over 35,000 cases since 1995. However, the majority of lawsuits were surprisingly dismissed, only 553 people benefiting from the financial compensation they deserved. The occupations at the highest risk of developing a serious disease as a result of exposure to the asbestos products of this company are:

The company is still in business today and has not been needed to file for bankruptcy protection. Consequently, asbestos victims cannot recover money from a trust fund, but they have the legal right to sue Lincoln Electric Company, which we strongly encourage if you developed a disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma following the manufacturing or employment of their products.

Thousands of Lincoln Electric Company 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

The family members of Lincoln Electric Company workers might have also been exposed to asbestos

Inhabiting the same house as a Lincoln Electric Company employee implied a serious risk of indirect exposure to asbestos during the last century, as workers would unknowingly carry home toxic fibers on their clothes, which they were not required to change at the end of the day. Since company executives were not preoccupied with industrial hygiene in the slightest, asbestos would be everywhere in the facilities. Thus, not only people who partook in the manufacturing process would breathe in carcinogenic fibers, but also their families. While the higher-ups were aware of the disastrous health consequences exposure could bring about, they decided to turn a blind eye to the hazard in favor of their own financial gain and dismiss asbestos as being “just nuisance dust”.

Unaware of the danger, Lincoln Electric Company workers would often come home covered with asbestos dust, which thereby came to pollute non-industrial settings as well. Women were generally exposed while doing the laundry, as shaking clothes out was a common practice, whereas children would inhale asbestos fibers upon greeting their fathers. Asbestos fibers could also become embedded in furniture covered with fabric, such as couches and armchairs, as they are microscopic and have a rough texture, making them extremely difficult – if not impossible – to completely remove. If you shared the same building as a Lincoln Electric Company worker before 1981 and now have a diagnosis of lung cancer or asbestosis, please contact Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. at your earliest convenience. Victims of secondary asbestos exposure are also eligible for compensation and our lawyers will eagerly take over your case.

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.