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Mesothelioma Lawyers Illinois

Map of asbestosis and mesothelioma deaths in IllinoisThough Illinois does not have any natural occurring asbestos deposits, it is ranked 7th in the nation for deaths related to mesothelioma and asbestos. One of the main reasons for this is that the mineral was shipped into the state to support the industrial markets that exist there. More than 370,750 tons came from WR Grace’s vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana. Additionally, over 80% of Chicago’s buildings were built before 1979 and therefore are at risk of containing materials with asbestos.

According to the Environmental Working Group, close to 1,700 people have been killed by asbestos in Illinois since 1979.  The map to the left includes just a small portion of what is estimated to have been deaths caused by asbestos exposure and related injury from 1979 to 2001 only, with national estimates much larger.  As for deaths caused by mesothelioma, the number is grossly underestimated since this was not a disease the government even began tracking until 1999.

 

Asbestos Exposure in Illinois

Jobsites in Illinois that are known to have put workers at risk of asbestos exposure include:

Metal Works

  • ACME Metals
  • The Allied Metal Company
  • Bohler Steel
  • Chicago Heights Steel
  • J. G. Braun Company
  • LTV Steel
  • Northwestern Steel & Wire

Power Plants

  • Dresden Nuclear Power Plant
  • LaSalle County Generating Station
  • Quad Cities Nuclear Power Plant
  • Zion Nuclear Power Station

Contact Our Lawyers Today

If you live in Illinois and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the lawyers at Clapper, Patti, Schweizer and Mason today. This diseases could have and should have been prevented. Some companies knew about the dangers of asbestos as far back as the 1930s. Illinois law allows people who develop asbestos diseases, even from exposure in the remote past, to sue and receive compensation from the companies responsible.