Semet-Solvay (Tonawanda Coke)
You may be entitled to receive compensation. Mesothelioma and lung cancer victims & their families have been awarded over $1 million+ from easy access to funds. Call us today to apply.
Over the past 20 years, we've helped 1,000s of families claim the compensation they deserve with no upfront costs to them.
Allied Chemical opened a coke oven plant on River Road in Tonawanda, New York in 1917. Allied Chemical was a part of the Semet-Solvay Company. The original plant had sixty ovens. Battery #2 was put into operation in 1926 and ceased functioning in 1961. The Tonawanda plant ceased functioning in 1972 and was sold in 1978 when it was renamed the Tonawanda Coke Corporation. The corporation operated from 1978 to 2018, when it left behind a large amount of toxic waste materials, including asbestos materials.
Unfortunately, many of our clients who worked at Semet-Solvay (Tonawanda Coke) are now being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos insulation and asbestos cement coated the insides of the coke ovens. Pipes were sealed with asbestos gaskets and coated in asbestos insulation. The doors and metal components attached to the ovens were also covered with asbestos insulation.
Asbestos is dangerous because its fibers are extremely fragile and break easily into tiny particles that your body’s air filtration system can’t trap and expel. When asbestos gets into your lungs and stays there, it can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. Risk of diagnosis increases with the length of time that a person has been exposed although even short exposures can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. The most common causes of asbestos exposure are in the workplace or from products in the home. Spouses and family members of workers can also be exposed to asbestos dust and fibers from the clothing the workers wore home from job sites like Semet-Solvay (Tonawanda Coke).
Mesothelioma is a rare disease that is diagnosed between 2,500 and 3,000 times each year. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos is at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. Although most companies knew that asbestos was dangerous, they continued to allow their employees to work with and around asbestos without protective gear until the late 1970s.
At Belluck & Fox, our nationally recognized asbestos attorneys have extensive experience fighting for families and workers exposed to asbestos. We are proud to have secured more than $1 billion so far for asbestos victims and their families.
We are ready to help you. Contact us today to set up a free consultation, where we will review your claim and discuss all your legal options. Our law firm does not charge any legal fees upfront and we do not get paid unless and until we secure compensation for you.