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Asbestos Exposure at Bausch & Lomb

Bausch & Lomb is the world’s largest manufacturer of eye care products. Founded in 1853, the company was started by an optometrist and German immigrant named John Jacob Bausch, with financial support from his friend and colleague Henry C. Lomb. In its earliest days, their company produced a new type of eyeglass frames made from Vulcanized rubber. These glasses rapidly increased in popularity during the Civil War because the price of gold became prohibitively expensive for frame-making. By the early 20th century, Bausch & Lomb had become synonymous with all things optical, manufacturing diverse products from microscopes to lenses for military periscopes. In 1971, the company was granted FDA approval for the first contact lenses, which solidified their reputation as an innovator in their industry.

Rochester, NY was home to Bausch & Lomb from its humble beginnings as a small eyeglass shop, and the company maintains strong ties to the city even though it is a large global corporation. In addition to Basuch & Lomb’s global headquarters, the city of Rochester has also played host to a number of the company’s production facilities throughout the years. These factories provided local workers with employment opportunities and helped the community thrive. Unfortunately, they also posed a great threat to the very same community of workers because of the use of asbestos in its factories. Asbestos, used commonly in American factories until the early 1980s, could be found throughout Bausch & Lomb’s production sites, in equipment, raw materials, and even in the construction of the buildings themselves. Worst of all, the companies who sold the asbestos to Bausch & Lomb never warned these workers of its dangers, nor did they inform them of how to handle the substance safely. As a result, many workers have become afflicted with mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other serious illnesses.

Belluck & Fox has represented former employees of Bausch & Lomb’s Rochester production site who were diagnosed with mesothelioma as a direct result of asbestos exposure on the job. These victims – including lens grinders and laborers – won significant settlements for their pain and suffering, and the companies who exposed workers at Bausch & Lomb’s Rochester production site to asbestos were held accountable for their negligence.

We are very familiar with this job site, including the companies that sold asbestos equipment to Bausch & Lomb for use in the company’s Rochester facility. Our team knows the layout of the factory, and how workers were exposed to asbestos at Bausch & Lomb.

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