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Chicago Mesothelioma Lawyers

Types Mesothelioma CancersMesothelioma is a rare and lethal form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure through a workplace or living environment where the material is present. For many years, manufacturers hid the dangers of asbestos from the public, placing millions at risk of preventable and needless deaths due to limited treatment options.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we understand that you might not know where to turn for reliable legal and medical advice. This disease is often fatal, so family members are devastated when they learn that their loved ones have developed it due to long-term exposure.

Hiring a Chicago Asbestos Lawsuit Attorney

Mesothelioma Risk Occupation AsbestosThe Chicago of mesothelioma attorneys from Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help you pursue an asbestos lawsuit, workers' compensation benefits, and justice that you seek to hold these companies accountable for everything you and your loved ones have endured.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help. Let us arrange a free consultation with an experienced Chicago mesothelioma attorney at no cost or obligation.

Our attorneys currently represent clients throughout the United States, Illinois, and the Chicago area, including the following localities: Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, Will County, Aurora, Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, LaSalle, Naperville, and Waukegan.

Our Chicago mesothelioma law firm is actively involved in the litigation of talcum powder lawsuits involving mesothelioma diagnosis. Learn about our litigation process here.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit & Injury Law FAQs

How Long Does a Mesothelioma Lawsuit Take?

According to attorneys, the length of time to resolve an average mesothelioma a case is under one year. However, every case is unique, as are the circumstances related to the settlement.

Most mesothelioma cases are settled out of court with the asbestos-based product manufacturer (defendant) to avoid taking the case to trial.

Can Asbestosis Lead to Mesothelioma?

Exposure to asbestos can lead to asbestosis that, over time, can develop into mesothelioma. Research data shows that asbestosis is not cancer, but could cause permanent lung tissue scarring and other long-term complications.

How Much Compensation do You get for Asbestosis?

The extent of your injuries and the severity of your medical condition will likely determine the amount of financial compensation you receive. Victims suffering mild symptoms associated with asbestosis might likely receive financial compensation between $15,000 and $40,000.

Cases with more severe symptoms might pay the person living with asbestosis up to $100,000 or more in compensation.

Can Mesothelioma be Cured if Caught Early?

There is no known cure yet for mesothelioma. However, there might be a better prognosis if the doctor diagnosed as the condition in its early stage and provided the patient with effective treatment options.

Typically, individuals are diagnosed with mesothelioma at least twenty to fifty years after being first exposed to asbestos. Cases of life-threatening mesothelioma are usually diagnosed when the condition reaches an advanced stage.

How do You Know if You Have Asbestos in Your Lungs?

Common symptoms associated with exposure to asbestos include shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing. Early indicators of pleural plaque might reveal that the patient has had sufficient exposure to asbestos to increase the risk of developing asbestosis, lung damage, or mesothelioma.

What are the Warning Signs of Mesothelioma?

The typical warning signs associated with the development of mesothelioma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Intense pain in the lower back or side of the chest
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty when swallowing
  • Swollen arms and face

The Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Asbestos Exposure and MesotheliomaSince mesothelioma results from the steady accumulation of asbestos fibers in the lungs, it is possible for victims to not show symptoms for decades before the onset of the disease. It is common for many people to develop asbestos-related diseases, including pleural mesothelioma, long after leaving the environment where they were exposed to the substance.

Initially, Doctors might mistake the disease for other common and less severe respiratory illnesses, but the symptoms progress quickly. The initial mesothelioma symptoms include:

  • Unexplained weight loss accompanied by fatigue
  • Loss of appetite and nausea
  • Pain in the chest that does not go away with treatment
  • Coughing and shortness of breath
  • Lung cancer
  • Painful breathing
  • Accumulation of fluid surrounding the lungs

If you have ever been exposed to asbestos in the past, you must treat any respiratory symptoms as warnings of a more aggressive form of cancer. Early detection is key to a better chance of survival.

Our Mesothelioma Attorneys in Chicago Have Experience With the Following Industries

Asbestos exposure could occur in many occupations, including:

  • Excavation and Construction industries
  • Shipbuilding
  • Power plant work
  • Textile factory work
  • Glass-work
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Steel-working
  • Pipe-fitting
  • Firefighting
  • Railroad work
  • Farming and agriculture
  • Food processing plant work
  • Auto manufacturing and repair
  • Aerospace manufacturing
  • Insulation installation
  • Carpentry
  • Machining
  • Naval yard work
  • Painting

Getting Treatment for Mesothelioma in Illinois

Thankfully, there are hospitals and medical facilities today that offer specialized treatment for mesothelioma. If you or a loved one needs care, it is best to seek an experienced mesothelioma treatment center.

The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, located at 1850 Silver Cross Blvd in New Lenox, is among the most recognized mesothelioma in treatment facilities in the Chicago area (Cook County, Illinois). This center has more than 25 years of experience treating people with mesothelioma and offers treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).

Other Illinois Facilities With Experience in Mesothelioma Diagnosis and Treatment

University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
Mesothelioma Treatment Section
1740 West Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612

Decatur Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Institute
Mesothelioma Treatment Section
James L. Wade III, MD
210 W. McKinley Ave.
Decatur, IL 62526

Ingalls Memorial Hospital
Mesothelioma Treatment Section
Mark F. Kozloff, MD
One Ingalls Dr.
Harvey, IL 60426

Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital
Mesothelioma Treatment Section
James E. Hannigan, MD
1325 Memorial Dr.
LaGrange, IL 60525

Illinois CancerCare
Mesothelioma Treatment Section
Paul A.S. Fishkin, M.D.
Srinivas Jujjavarapu, M.D.
8940 N. Wood Sage Rd.
Peoria, IL 61615-7828

Carle Cancer Center
Mesothelioma Treatment Section
Kendrith M. Rowland, MD
509 W. University Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Loyola University Chicago Medical Center, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center
Mesothelioma Treatment Section
Kathy Albain, MD
2160 S. First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153

Similarities Between the Asbestos Industry and Big Tobacco

In the same way that the tobacco industry manipulated scientific research to downplay the health risks of its products, asbestos manufacturers hid the risks of long-term exposure to their products from the public for decades. It is estimated that as many as 15,000 people die each year due to asbestos-related illnesses.

Of these, 3,000 die due to mesothelioma. In these situations, the family may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties.

While many asbestos products have been banned in the United States, the public is generally ignorant that asbestos is still permitted in many industries, such as construction materials and power plants. Its usefulness is primarily a flame retardant, as it acts as an effective insulator, binder, and fire-preventive material.

Asbestos also has applications in the clothing industry and was once used in some consumer products until researchers discovered the link between the use of those products and conditions such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Its flame-retardant properties prompted the military to use asbestos in manufacturing nearly every naval vessel produced in the World War II-era along with jeeps and other military equipment. The objective was to prevent the spread of fires throughout ships and to make military hardware more resilient to enemy fire.

Unfortunately, Members of the military exposed to asbestos increase the rate of mesothelioma cases. By the early 1920s, asbestos manufacturers were aware of a link between their products and asbestos-related illnesses.

Still, they continued to produce and sell the products while withholding knowledge from the public. By 1970, the government banned many products containing asbestos.

However, it could take up to fifty years for victims to develop mesothelioma following exposure. Many victims exposed to the toxic substance have not become ill until now, leading to a growing need for attorneys for asbestos litigation.

In Illinois, construction companies used asbestos as a fire-proof installation and large commercial properties, schools, and businesses, including oil refineries, manufacturing plants, and shipyards. In the second half of the twentieth century, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took steps to ban the hazardous material found to cause mesothelioma cancer.

By the 1980s, Illinois Legislature enacted asbestos laws to reform Illinois laws and regulations to manage many mesothelioma cases filed by injured victims and surviving family members. In response to the new state laws, many mesothelioma patients filed civil lawsuits seeking compensation to recover their medical expenses, hospitalization costs, time away from work, and permanent disability.

Chicago Mesothelioma Lawyers Dedicated to Protecting the Legal Rights of Mesothelioma Victims

The Illinois asbestos industry comprises very powerful and influential corporations that have access to well-paid and experienced legal teams. For this reason, you need to be able to rely on only the best lawyer to bring your case to trial.

An Illinois mesothelioma lawyer from our firm has experience negotiating mesothelioma lawsuit settlements so that you recover the compensation you deserve. We also have access to vital resources you will need to ensure that you have the best chance of survival, including medical specialists, and the ability to communicate on your behalf with Medicare and file paperwork for Social Security Disability benefits.

By connecting you with the best physicians available and ensuring that you have the resources you need to pay for the health issues you've developed due to asbestos exposure, we can give you a fighting chance.

If you have lost a loved one and work with an Illinois mesothelioma lawyer from our firm, we will be aggressive in our pursuit of justice. If you need an experienced mesothelioma attorney, Chicago residents can be sure that we will seek the maximum compensation the law allows.

There is no reason any company should profit at the expense of other peoples' lives. We will help your family send that critical message to any corporation that should consider doing so in the future.

A Complimentary Case Evaluation Today With an Experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer in Chicago

Our Chicago asbestos law firm handles all cases through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement ensures you owe us nothing until we have secured financial compensation on your behalf.

Contact our personal injury law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation. All discussions with our law office remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.

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