Can you sue your employer for asbestos exposure directly?

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, Mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis. 

Many Chicago workers have contacted our law firm and asked if they could file a claim for Mesothelioma under workers’ compensation.

Can you sue your employer for asbestos exposure directly? Probably not. There is a separate fund set up for Mesothelioma victims to from. However, you may be able to file a claim pursuant to Illinois workers’ compensation law.

For a free consultation regarding your rights to recover pursuant to Illinois law, contact our office today for a free consultation at (312)-377-7000

Workers’ Compensation

Millions of people have been exposed to asbestos in their workplace. In fact, Asbestos is the leading cause of occupational cancer. Asbestos has been prohibited in many sectors but is still present in many old buildings.

Workers’ compensation is one way for people who suffer Mesothelioma to recover for their injuries.

Filling an Illinois workers’ compensation claim may provide financial the financial assistance you need to recover lost wages and pay for your medical expenses.

There are more than $30 billion set aside for victims of Mesothelioma and asbestos related disease. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis give us a call now for a free legal consultation at (312)-377-7000

What are the early symptoms of Mesothelioma?

Recognizing asbestosis injury symptoms early on is very difficult because the victim often does not have any symptoms.

Mesothelioma tumors start out as tiny nodules on the lining of the lungs or abdomen. However, the cancer generally doesn’t cause symptoms until the tumors have grown and spread.

When the symptoms do arise, they often include:

  • Dry cough or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath/ dyspnea
  • Respiratory complications
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs)
  • Pain on the chest or abdomen

Types of occupations where asbestos used to be present

Exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral once highly regarded for its insulation and fire-retardant properties, is the predominant cause of Mesothelioma.

Secondhand asbestos exposure also occurs when washing the clothes of someone in a high-risk occupation and living near abandoned asbestos mines or areas where asbestos is naturally in the environment.

The main occupation where asbestos is found are:

  • Boilermakers
  • Auto and Aircraft mechanics
  • Carpenters
  • Cement finishers
  • Machinist
  • Crane operators
  • Engineers
  • Metal workers
  • Welders
  • Plumbers
  • Foundry workers
  • Firefighthers
  • Electricians
  • Painters
  • Paper mill workers
  • Pipe fitters
  • Plasterers
  •  

We helped people to financially recover for their asbestos injuries

Mesothelioma latency period:

The latent period for an occupational asbestos injury can be from 10 to 50 years, but the average length for asbestosis is 35 to 40 years between exposure and diagnosis.

You only have 25 years from your last exposure to asbestos to file a claim under workers’ compensation act. In addition, the limitation period in cases of death occurring within 25 years from last exposure to asbestos is within 3 years of death.

We want to help you

The Romaker Law Firm has successfully taken cases of Mesothelioma. We have recovered more than 200K under a workers’ compensation claim.

Let us help you to seek compensation for occupational asbestos exposure under the workers’ compensation act.  Call now (312) 377-7000 for a free initial consultation