Asbestos is a poisonous fibrous mineral mined from the ground and used as an insulator, fire retardant, and a component part to bind materials together. If it is inhaled, it can remain in the lungs for decades, growing and multiplying until eventually manifesting as a malignant cancer. It can cause deadly diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, a malignant tumor in the lining of the lung, heart, or abdominal cavity. It can also cause a disease called asbestosis, a respiratory ailment.
Unfortunately, many victims suffering from diseases caused by asbestos develop symptoms over an extended period of time. After exposure, it could take a victim years or even decades to notice signs of disease. Sometimes more than twenty years can pass before an illness related to asbestos is detected.
The Chicago asbestos lawyers of Phillips Law Offices often assist clients injured by asbestos exposure. Our experienced Illinois mesothelioma lawyers help clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their suffering.
In past decades, asbestos was used in thousands of products, including various types of industrial, commercial, and residential products. Asbestos-containing products include the following:
If you or a loved one is exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with any asbestos-related disease you need to consult with a Chicago mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible.
The first step in the legal process is to make an appointment to meet with an experienced Chicago asbestos attorney, who can explain your rights as a victim or as a family member bringing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the entire life and work history of the victim. Sadly, many victims exposed to asbestos die before they see justice served. Under these circumstances, the lawsuit will continue on as a wrongful death action on behalf of their estate.
Your attorney will file a lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction, and pursue all sources of compensation, including:
Keep in mind that the statute of limitations, grounds for filing claims, available damages, and caps on non-economic damages vary from state to state.
For more information on your legal rights, you should contact an experienced Chicago asbestos attorney.
You can turn to the Chicago asbestos attorneys at Phillips Law Offices to learn more about your rights and to discuss your potential asbestos lawsuit. Call us at (312) 346-4262 or contact us online today for a free consultation with one of our attorneys about your case.