You Were Exposed to Asbestos at Work

Now you have been diagnosed mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer that attacks the thin layer of cells that line the body’s organs, particularly the lungs. Symptoms can include: lower back pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, weight loss and muscle weakness, to name just a few.

The fact that there may be no symptoms for decades until these fatal diseases are well-entrenched is perhaps the most difficult part of asbestos-related illnesses. If you or a loved one has mesothelioma, you know the pain and suffering it can cause.

The primary cause and risk factor for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos has been found in some older buildings and even in parts of the Illinois public water system. Manufacturers used asbestos cement to make pipes from the 1930s to the 1970s.

However, the majority of Illinois mesothelioma cases are attributed to job sites where workers were exposed to asbestos over the years. These sites include:

  • Oil refineries
  • Power stations
  • Government military installations
  • Railroads
  • Construction sites
  • Factories
  • Mines

If you worked at one of these facilities, you may have been exposed to asbestos without even knowing it. Unfortunately, many of these companies were aware that the exposure could be hazardous to their employees’ health but chose to ignore the potential threat. They were more concerned about increasing their bottom line than the welfare of their employees.

If you worked at one of these sites and you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have legal recourse against your former employer(s).

A Chicago asbestos lawyer experienced with mesothelioma cases can help you prove the liability and/or negligence of your former employer. Your attorney acts to protect your rights and builds a case to help secure financial stability for you and your family in the face of this fatal illness.