When you or a loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is an overwhelming and devastating experience.
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and incurable type of cancer associated with exposure to asbestos.
It has been estimated by the U.S. Department of Labor that approximately 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry have faced significant asbestos exposure at some point while on the job.
The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
What is Asbestos?
The term “asbestos” refers to a number of naturally occurring mineral fibers. These fibers are strong, durable, poor conductors of electricity, and heat resistant.
Because of these properties, asbestos was widely used in manufacturing and construction through the mid 1970’s.
Although the use of asbestos was first regulated in the 1970s by the U.S. government, its use continued in asbestos cement products, automotive brakes and gaskets into the 1990’s.
Asbestos has also been used in consumer products such as baby powder and cigarette filters, and in the manufacturing process of electrical appliances such as hair dryers, crock pots, toasters, coffee pots, baby powder and popcorn poppers.
Most victims of asbestos exposure are industrial and construction workers, but asbestos fibers from workers’ clothing have affected their family members as well. Children and spouses of industrial workers have developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure in the household.
Mesothelioma is cancer of the mesothelium–the lining around the heart, chest, lungs, and abdomen that protects the organs and produces fluid to cushion them as they function. Mesothelioma tumors occur in the thin membranes that line the lungs, abdomen or heart.
A diagnosis of mesothelioma is very serious. Each year approximately 3000 people in the United States are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.
Many people with Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers mistakenly believe that the asbestos companies did not know their products caused cancer until it became newsworthy in the 1970’s.
In fact, there is evidence that manufacturers of asbestos products knew as early as the 1930’s that workers were at risk for lung cancer and mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
My team and I have extensive knowledge about the many types of toxic substance cases, especially asbestos exposure.
We work to ensure that you receive the best representation and the largest settlement possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered from asbestos exposure, contact my office today at 312-888-6058.
We will provide you with a free no-obligation consultation and explain your legal rights.
Please see our updated video below relating to mesothelioma cases for the Chicago area as well as throughout the entire State Of Illinois.