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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 1950’s and the 1960’s, the company started to expand internationally opening a division in France. From the 1990’s 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.

People Who Held Down a Job at Lincoln Electric Company Before 1981 Are Now at Risk for Serious Diseases

As a company with a long history of asbestos use, Lincoln Electric Company has been listed as 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 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. In addition to those who were directly involved in the production of welding equipment, the individuals in following industries are also at risk today: shipbuilding, automotive, structural.

If you worked at Lincoln Electric Company before 1981, when they ceased using asbestos, you should keep a close eye on your health and seek medical attention as soon as possible should you notice one or more alarming symptom, such as a cough which would not go away, chest pain, difficulty breathing, night sweats, or fatigue. You might have developed a disease as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure. Finally, we advise everyone who already has a terrible diagnosis to contact us immediately. We will do all in our power to recover maximum compensation for you. Our lawyers, who specialize in asbestos cases, have assisted over 230,000 clients so far and will gladly lend you a helping hand. Contact us today and claim the money you are entitled to!

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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.