Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma in Chicago
Chicago Mesothelioma Attorney
The team at Duncan Law Group is dedicated to helping people who have been
harmed by the negligence of others to claim compensation for their injuries,
and if you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a workplace accident, a
Chicago personal injury attorney from the firm is ready to fight for you. One of the most serious types
of cases that the firm represents is when a person has been exposed to
asbestos in the workplace and has subsequently developed the grave health
complications associated with this dangerous industrial material.
Asbestos has been used by humans for approximately 6,500 years, dating
back to the days when it was used to add strength to the clay pots and
utensils used by tribes in northern Europe. Over time, it began to be
recognized for its fire-resistant qualities, which made it an excellent
material for insulation, for use both in providing fireproof insulation
in buildings and in other applications such as in making brake pads for trains.
It has, however, been recognized to be hazardous to human health since
Roman times, when the historian Pliny the Elder noticed that slaves working
in asbestos mines suffered from respiratory illness. More recently, the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to ban the material, and
there have since been widespread efforts to not only stop using it but
also to remove it from buildings where it has been installed.
Link Between Mesothelioma and Asbestos
People who live or
work in environments where asbestos is present are at risk of suffering serious health issues
as a result of the fact that small fibers of the material tend to become
airborne, where the person may breathe them in. As soon as they enter
the body, they are liable to cause the development of mesothelioma in
the tissue lining the various internal organs - particularly in the lungs.
Mesothelioma is a malignant and aggressive form of cancer, and it is almost
exclusively associated with exposure to asbestos.
Taking Legal Action in Cases of Asbestos Exposure
Proving fault for a case of mesothelioma can be difficult, to say the least.
This is due in large part to the fact that it is often challenging to
accurately establish the time and place of the asbestos exposure. It typically
takes many years or even decades before the individual who has breathed
in asbestos fibers will eventually develop mesothelioma, so an exhaustive
investigation and study of the situation is necessary to determine who
is responsible. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or have lost
a loved one and believe that you may have grounds for legal action, contact
the firm now for a
free case evaluation to discuss the matter with a personal injury lawyer in Chicago.