If you have lived and worked in Illinois for a number of years, you may have been exposed to asbestos, silicate minerals that have historically been included in a number of products. Long-term asbestos exposure can lead to serious illnesses, including mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer for which there is no known cure. It can take years or even decades to develop. Doctors often fail to diagnose mesothelioma at an early stage because the disease is so uncommon, which can leave victims to deal with expensive, chronic health problems.
Though there are mesothelioma patients worldwide, some of the worst cases can be found in Illinois. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,003 Illinois residents died from the disease between 1995 and 2015. The mesothelioma rate in the state is approximately nine people per million each year, with certain counties ranking among the 50 highest in the country in terms of the age-adjusted mesothelioma mortality rate. Exposure to asbestos has been documented in major cities throughout Illinois, including Rockford.
Fortunately, those suffering from asbestos-related illnesses may be entitled to financial relief. To help maximize the value of your asbestos claim, turn to the Rockford mesothelioma attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
For more than four decades, GWC has been helping thousands of wrongfully injured clients obtain the largest settlements and verdicts possible. If you are dealing with the effects of prolonged exposure to asbestos, contact GWC today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Rockford mesothelioma lawyer. Call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative.
What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos. When asbestos fibers get trapped in the protective lining of the lungs or other organs in the abdomen or chest, they can irritate the cells, resulting in genetic mutation and tumor development.
Can Asbestos Cause Other Diseases?
Exposure to asbestos can also cause certain types of lung cancer and asbestosis, which is a painful, scarring disease of the lung tissue.
Who Is In Danger of Developing Mesothelioma?
Anyone who has been regularly exposed to asbestos could be in danger of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses. However, most mesothelioma sufferers in Illinois encounter asbestos at work. Certain workplaces are riskier than others because they make greater use of asbestos-containing products, including:
- Fire Protection
- Electric Wiring
- Roofing Materials
- Ceiling Tiles
- Brake Shoes
- Naval Vessels
Many types of workplaces in Illinois have significantly utilized asbestos-laden materials, such as:
- Oil Refineries – Asbestos was a key component in the refining process because it is resistant to extreme heat.
- Auto Assembly Plants – These facilities regularly deployed a number of components that contained asbestos, such as brake shoes.
- Paper Mills – Construction materials, machinery, and insulation in paper mills built between the 1930s and the 1970s frequently contained asbestos.
- Manufacturing Facilities – The manufacture of a number of products involved asbestos because of its resistance to heat and many chemical reactions.
- Military Bases – Veterans are among the groups most impacted by mesothelioma because the military widely used asbestos at a number of its bases and arsenals.
- Power Plants – Asbestos was a common material in power plant machinery.
- Steel Mills – Insulation containing asbestos was often installed to protect the machinery in steel mills from fires and extreme heat.
- Chemical Plants – Asbestos was present in many elements involved in chemical production, including boilers, pumps, piping insulation, cement, building materials, equipment, and protective clothing.
The workers handling asbestos products are not the only ones in danger of developing mesothelioma and other related diseases. A single disruption can cause asbestos fibers to spread within a 75-foot radius. Consequently, anybody in reasonably close proximity to asbestos could be in jeopardy, from the technician installing brakes on the floor of an auto assembly plant to the secretaries filing in the office above them.
Sometimes people who are not even employed in contaminated workplaces could be exposed to asbestos, including the family members who are put in harm’s way by workers who unknowingly bring asbestos home with them when it gets trapped in their clothing.
You Should Not Have to Pay for Your Mesothelioma
Asbestos is not illegal in the United States, even though practically every other developed country has already banned it. This is the result of an organized campaign by asbestos industry supporters to fight any regulation, despite the irrefutable evidence of the damage inflicted by asbestos.
And this damage is not a thing of the past. Each year, about 15,000 Americans die from asbestos-related diseases, while thousands of others are diagnosed with mesothelioma and deadly cancers.
The manufacturers of asbestos products refused to employ safer substitutes, or to give fair warning to workers and employees, despite knowing how dangerous asbestos was, so they could continue to enjoy large profits. By choosing the balance sheet over the public good, these companies have left generations of Americans holding the bag ever since.
At GWC Injury Lawyers LLC, we believe that you should not have to pay for the negligence of these unscrupulous actors – and you may not have to. Congress has set up an asbestos trust fund to compensate asbestos victims and their families. Our Rockford mesothelioma attorneys would be honored to help ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for your asbestos injuries.
With over $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. We have the experience, the determination, and the record of success needed to get you the justice you deserve.
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