Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is classified as a known human carcinogen. Asbestos causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other cancers, and most people are not diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease until decades after exposure.
Asbestos was once referred to as the “miracle mineral” for its resistance to fire, heat, water, chemicals, and electricity. As a result, it was widely used in products and trades including construction, automotive, merchant marine and naval vessels, electricians, maintenance mechanics, plumbers, pipefitters, boilermakers, steamfitters, carpenters, welders, painters, maintenance mechanics, engineers, aircraft mechanics, manufacturing, chemical processing, and more. Asbestos does not have an odor or taste and cannot be detected by a simple visual examination, making it even more dangerous. Workers across industries were exposed firsthand at work, and asbestos fibers also attached to their clothing and person exposing their spouses and families at home.
Impact of Asbestos Exposure
Any exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma and other debilitating or deadly diseases. Those who have possibly been exposed to asbestos can undergo regular medical monitoring and screening. While there is no cure for mesothelioma, the medical and scientific communities have made great strides in treatment options to reduce painful symptoms and help improve longevity and quality of care for patients living with the deadly disease.
Individuals and families who have been victims of exposure to asbestos may be entitled to compensation. Since the early 1970's, the Chicago law firm of Cooney & Conway has been a respected national leader in the practice of asbestos and mesothelioma litigation.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and would like to learn more about your legal rights, our highly experienced attorneys can be reached by calling 800-322-5573 for a free consultation. You may also fill out the case evaluation form at the bottom of this page and we will give you a call.