If you have lived and worked in Illinois for a number of years, there is a chance that you have been exposed to asbestos, a term for silicate minerals that were historically included in a number of products. Prolonged asbestos exposure can cause serious illnesses, including a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma has no known cure. It can take decades to develop, and doctors often fail to diagnose mesothelioma in a timely fashion because of how uncommon it is. All of this can result in costly, chronic problems for people suffering from mesothelioma, many of whom live in Illinois.
Between 1995 and 2015, 2,003 Illinois residents died from the disease. According to the CDC, the state has a mesothelioma mortality rate of about nine people per million annually, with certain counties ranking among the 50 highest in the age-adjusted mesothelioma mortality rate nationwide. Asbestos has also been found in major cities throughout Illinois, including Libertyville.
If you are the victim of asbestos-related injuries, you may be eligible to receive a financial settlement. To help maximize the value of your asbestos claim, reach out to the Libertyville mesothelioma attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
For over forty years, GWC has been working to obtain the largest settlements and verdicts possible for our wrongfully injured clients. If you are suffering from the effects of long-term exposure to asbestos, schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with one of GWC’s Libertyville mesothelioma lawyers. You may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos. Asbestos fibers become trapped in the protective lining of the lungs or other organs in the abdomen and chest, irritating the cells and causing them to develop tumors over time.
Does Asbestos Cause Other Diseases?
Asbestos can also trigger lung cancer and asbestosis, a scarring disease of the lung tissue.
Who Is In Danger of Developing Mesothelioma?
Anyone who has been regularly exposed to asbestos is potentially in danger of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Nevertheless, the majority of mesothelioma patients in Illinois were exposed in the workplace. Certain working environments present a greater danger of exposure because they more heavily use common asbestos products, including:
- Electric Wiring
- Naval Ships
- Ceiling Tiles
- Brake Shoes
Illinois has had a number of job sites that made regular use of asbestos-rich materials, such as:
- Paper Mills – Asbestos could often be found in insulation, building materials, and machinery in paper mills built from the 1930s through the 1970s.
- Power Plants – Plants throughout Illinois have utilized asbestos in their machinery.
- Oil Refineries – The oil industry made common use of asbestos because of its resistance to heat.
- Steel Mills – Illinois steel mills have often employed asbestos insulation to protect their machinery from extreme heat and fires.
- Military Bases – Veterans are heavily affected by mesothelioma because the military made widespread use of asbestos at a number of its bases and arsenals.
- Auto Assembly Plants – Asbestos-containing materials, such as brake shoes, were a regular part of the auto assembly process.
- Factories – Illinois factories used asbestos because of its resistance to intense heat and most chemical reactions.
- Chemical Plants – Asbestos could frequently be found throughout chemical plants, including in pumps, boilers, insulation, cement, building materials, equipment, and protective clothing.
It is not only the workers handling asbestos products who are at risk for mesothelioma and other related diseases. Studies have demonstrated that asbestos fibers can spread in a 75-foot radius after a single disturbance, meaning that anyone in close proximity could be exposed to asbestos, from the technicians installing brakes on an auto assembly floor to the clerical workers filing in the office above them.
Sometimes people outside of these environments could also face exposure, including the family members of workers who unknowingly brought asbestos trapped in their clothes home with them.
Make Those Responsible Pay for Your Asbestos Injuries
Though its use has been in decline since the 1970s, asbestos is not illegal in the United States. In fact, America is one of the few developed countries that has not banned asbestos. This is no oversight. It is the result of a campaign on the part of asbestos industry supporters to oppose all regulation, even though there is no doubt about the devastation asbestos has left in its wake.
And this devastation continues to this day. Every year, approximately 15,000 Americans die because of asbestos-related diseases, and thousands of other people are diagnosed with mesothelioma and other incurable cancers.
The manufacturers of these products chose to use asbestos instead of safer substitutes so they could continue to enjoy large profits, all without warning workers or consumers. Generations of victims have been paying the price ever since.
We think those who are responsible are the ones who should pay. You should not have to worry about the financial and human costs of your asbestos-related illness because you were the innocent victim of decades of corporate greed. Fortunately, Congress has set up an asbestos trust fund that could provide financial relief to victims and their families. To make sure that you are fully and fairly compensated for your asbestos claim, contact the Libertyville mesothelioma attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC today.
GWC is one of the leading Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois, with over $2 billion recovered on behalf of our clients. We have the experience, the determination, and the record of success necessary to get you the justice you deserve.
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