Asbestos Exposure

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the name of a group of naturally-occurring materials that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Because of these beneficial qualities, asbestos materials were often used in the construction of buildings and in industrial products, including vehicle brakes. Now, however, asbestos is considered a serious and deadly pollutant. Microscopic particles of asbestos fibers inhaled into the lungs of workers can cause life-threatening diseases, including:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancers
  • Asbestosis

Symptoms of these diseases may not appear until years or decades after asbestos exposure occurred, which can make it difficult to trace the cause of the disease. Because of this, workers who may have been exposed to asbestos at any point should consult with an Illinois asbestos attorney who has the experience and resources to fully investigate how and when the exposure occurred, and who should be liable for the harm it caused.

When you need Illinois asbestos attorneys

The Illinois asbestos lawyers of Phillips Law Offices have long been providing comprehensive representation for victims of asbestos exposure and their families. By combining the knowledge of medical and asbestos experts, as well as our decades of litigation experience, we help families seek the compensation they need for serious asbestos injuries.

How asbestos exposure affects workers

All types of industrial workers were exposed to asbestos over the past decades, and many may still be at risk for asbestos exposure. The industries where asbestos was most widely used include:

  • Asbestos manufacturers
  • Custodians
  • Asbestos product manufacturers
  • Aerospace/ NASA
  • Construction, renovation, and building demolition
  • Automotive brake and clutch repair
  • Maritime and shipyard workers involved in the renovation or demolition of ships

Current Illinois asbestos exposure risks

Although the use of asbestos materials has dramatically decreased in recent times, it is still found in many buildings and in certain commercial and industrial products. These materials include:

  • Insulation
  • Vinyl/asbestos floor tile
  • Millboard
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Automatic transmissions
  • Rollboard
  • Asbestos cements
  • Clutch facings
  • Wallboard
  • Roof coatings
  • Disc brake pads
  • Textile and cloth products
  • Flooring felt
  • Drum brake linings
  • Gaskets and packing
  • Fireproofing materials
  • Commercial, corrugated and specialty paper
  • Spackling, patching and taping compounds
  • Roofing felt
  • Brake blocks
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Non-roof coatings
  • Sheet and beater-add gaskets
  • NASA space shuttle insulation

Contact us today

If you are looking for qualified Illinois asbestos attorneys, the lawyers of Phillips Law Offices in Chicago offer comprehensive quality legal services to victims of asbestos exposure and their families. Please call us at (312) 346-4262 or contact us online today for a free consultation about your case.