Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause life-threatening illnesses in people who have been exposed. People who work with asbestos and their families are at a much higher risk of serious illnesses than others. If you've been exposed to asbestos, directly or indirectly, our asbestos lawyers can help you understand your options and stand up for your rights.
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What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral that was used in many commercial and industrial products throughout the United States until the late 1980s. Asbestos has powerful insulating and fire-resistant properties which made it a very attractive material for use in a variety of products, including building materials, insulation, and others. Asbestos is still mined in many parts of the world, though in the United States, manufacturers are prohibited from using it in many products. However, asbestos remains widespread in many products that were made before the ban.
Asbestos was commonly used in construction, shipbuilding, automotive parts, and many other industries. Workers who inhaled or accidentally consumed asbestos fibers frequently develop significant health problems including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other cancers.
While experts acknowledged that asbestos could lead to health problems, it wasn't until the late 20th century that a widespread consensus arose around the dangers of asbestos. Many asbestos-related illnesses take decades to develop. People who were exposed years ago are just now developing life-threatening illnesses.
Chicago Asbestos Sites:
While the use of asbestos in the United States is regulated, it has not been completely banned. A number of work sites and buildings within the United States, including Chicago, have been linked to asbestos exposure.
The following offers a partial list of areas and buildings around Chicago which may have contained asbestos. Please note this is not a complete list, and it does not necessarily reflect current conditions. Asbestos related illnesses can take many years to develop after exposure. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to asbestos exposure and/or mesothelioma, please consult with your physician immediately.
- General Electric Appliance Plant
- Commonwealth Edison
- Continental Can Plant
- International Truck & Engine Corp.
- Republic Steel
- Crawford Station Power Plant
- Container Paper Mill
- U.S. Steel Mill
- Carnegie Steel
- Calumet Shipyard
- Armour Manufacturing Plant
- Mobil Oil Refinery
- Campbell's Soup Plant
Symptoms of Mesothelioma and Asbestos Diseases:
Mesothelioma and asbestos disease can be challenging to spot early on, particularly if the patient is suffering from other related health problems. If you experience any of the symptoms below, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos, speak with a doctor as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
- Chest pain
- Painful coughing
- Unexpected weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- Growths in the chest or abdomen
- Heart problems including arrhythmia
- Painful and persistent coughing
- Chest pain and discomfort
- Widening of fingertips and toes
Every case is unique, and symptoms vary from person to person. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms and you may have been exposed to asbestos, seek the medical care you need.