Sun Oil Co.

Workers exposed to asbestos

As the largest independent company that explores, develops, produces, and markets crude oil and natural gas, Sun Oil Co. has its roots in the U.S., but it explores and produces oil and gas mostly outside of the country, from the North Sea and Canada. It was founded in 1881, initially under the name Sun Company, Inc. However, after 1920, the company was known as Sun Oil Co. Interestingly, Sun Oil Co. had previously been involved in the chemical industry and retail sales, but it divested those businesses. The company received more than 113 notices for violations from the Department of Environmental Protection of Pennsylvania for their ongoing Mariner East pipeline project. To make matters worse, Sun Oil Co. also exposed workers to asbestos due to the equipment and machinery they would have to operate. If you came to struggle with a disease related to asbestos exposure and worked for Sun Oil Co. before 1980, please contact our law firm, as you are most likely entitled to compensation.

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Sun Oil Co. employees exposed to asbestos

During the last century, asbestos was used in large amounts in petroleum refineries, which greatly endangered the health of employees. Since petroleum is highly flammable and can even cause explosions, refineries need very effective fireproof materials. As a consequence, asbestos became the go-to material between the 1920s and the 1980s for most oil refineries in the U.S. because it is heat and chemical resistant. The mineral could be found in petroleum refineries, as well as on oil ships and oil platform facilities, which led to a larger number of workers being exposed on the job.

Some of the most common asbestos products found in oil refineries were insulations, gaskets, and valves. Asbestos would be present in gaskets because it does not break down easily. Every time these gaskets would be disturbed, carcinogenic asbestos fibers would be released into the air. The protective clothing of workers would ironically contain asbestos as well to shield them from extreme temperatures. Gloves are only one item of protective clothing that would contain asbestos during the last century. Some of the states where the facilities of Sun Oil Co. were present were Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The following occupational groups were exposed to asbestos in oil refineries:

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.

Secondary asbestos exposure, a serious concern for the family members of Sun Oil Co. workers

Secondary asbestos exposure occurs when a person breathes in or swallows asbestos fibers from indirect sources, such as the clothes, skin, and hair of a worker who handles the mineral directly or is often around it. During the last century, most oil refinery workers would come home covered in asbestos fibers, and their family members would greet them, inhaling and ingesting toxic fibers. These asbestos fibers would accumulate in their bodies, which now places these people at considerable risk of developing a disease as well.

If you are in this situation because you lived under the same roof as a Sun Oil Co. employee before 1980, when asbestos use was banned, we encourage you to give our experienced legal team a call, as we can help you recover compensation for your illness. Our attorneys, who specialize in toxic exposure, will file a claim for you after you send us the employment records of your family member and your medical records as evidence. Eventually, you will benefit from the largest compensation available for your diagnosis.

Legal assistance in wrongful death asbestos exposure cases for family members

If you lost a family member to a disease caused by occupational asbestos exposure, you can file a wrongful death claim to obtain money on their behalf. However, they must not have filed a claim for asbestos exposure themselves during their lifetime. This way, you will benefit from the compensation they would have used if they would have filed a claim. Our lawyers have over 25 years of experience in asbestos exposure cases and will efficiently prepare your claim for submission.

While the compensation you will receive after filing a wrongful death claim will not be as great as it would have been if the asbestos victim would have filed the claim themselves, it will still help you with the funeral expenses and past medical expenses of your loved one, for instance. Lastly, it is important to know that your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, as we are aware that people who have recently lost someone dear are going through a lot.