Asbestos is a naturally occurring heat and fire resistant mineral that has been used in common building materials, including drywall, brake pads, roofing materials, insulation, ceiling tiles, vinyl flooring, stucco, cement board, fireproofing and acoustic materials. Those who work around or handle materials containing asbestos are at the greatest risk of becoming exposed when asbestos particles become airborne.
Workers in certain occupations are at greater risk for asbestos exposure:
- Auto Mechanics
- Aircraft Mechanics
- Cleaning and Housekeeping Workers
- Construction and Demolition Workers
- Factory Workers
- Military Veterans
- Railroad Workers
- Textile Mill Workers
Asbestos exposure has been linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer and other serious illnesses. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of mesothelioma include fatigue, pain and swelling, shortness of breath, coughing, and weight loss. Although mesothelioma does not manifest itself for 30-40 years, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention if you believe you may be suffering from mesothelioma.
For those who are diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer or other illness, you or your loved one may be entitled to legal compensation for the resulting damages. If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos, please contact the Law Offices of John M. Borcia based out of Waukegan in order to learn more about your legal rights. Our Waukegan lawyers will be able to answer your questions and provide you with proper legal guidance.