If You’ve Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma, You Have Legal Options and Our Chicago IL Lawyers Are Here to Help

Chicago, IL Mesothelioma Lawyers

Over 100 years ago, the United States government first recognized an abnormally high rate of death among asbestos workers. Other serious negative health effects of asbestos were noted as early as 1933, when a German scientist discovered a related lung tumor. And yet, American industry continued to use the mineral in products ranging from construction material to household goods. Even today, while it is strictly regulated, the use of asbestos is not banned.

These are troubling facts for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. For years, careless manufacturers, employers, and landlords ignored the dangers, and, in some cases, they even actively covered up the risks. Their failure to protect the public in order to boost their own bottom line led to the suffering and even death of those with mesothelioma.

This behavior is neither morally nor legally acceptable. The attorneys at Shannon Law Group, P.C., have made it their mission to hold those people responsible and to seek the compensation that mesothelioma victims and their families deserve. From our Chicagoland office, our experienced legal team can help victims understand their rights, gather evidence to discover and prove their exposure risks, negotiate with responsible parties, and even make your case in court, if necessary. Call us today at 312-578-9501 to learn more about how we can help and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

What Is Mesothelioma, and How Is it Contracted?

Mesothelioma is a serious and aggressive form of cancer. The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. When a person is exposed, he inhales or swallows the tiny particles of the toxic mineral. Those particles settle in the soft tissue inside the body, where they are difficult to either expel or break down.

The symptoms of mesothelioma often appear as common symptoms of many diseases, so it can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Fluid buildup in the lungs

The prognosis for those diagnosed with mesothelioma is unfortunately very poor, as there is no known cure and diagnosis often does not come until the late stages of the disease. Invasive treatment options such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are often used to address the symptoms.

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Where Was I Exposed to Asbestos?

The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a mineral that naturally resists heat, flame, electricity, and corrosion, making it a once-popular choice for a number of industries. The list of products, occupations, and manufacturing processes that involved asbestos at one time or another is staggering. Some of the occupations that have been at greatest risk for asbestos exposure include:

  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Military
  • Mechanics
  • Machining
  • Welding
  • Plumbing
  • Carpentry

These are only a tiny sample of the many careers that have involved dangerous amounts of asbestos over the years. Additionally, even for those who did not work in a high-risk environment, exposure is still possible through secondary exposure or use of different products. For years, asbestos was found in high concentrations in many common goods, including:

  • Insulation
  • Ceiling and floor tiles
  • Drywall
  • Adhesives and cement
  • Paint
  • Protective clothing (mitts, aprons, masks, etc.)
  • Roofing materials
  • Curtains
  • Hair dryers

Even if you aren’t sure where or when you were exposed to asbestos, if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, an experienced attorney can help you investigate your rights. Call the Chicagoland office of Shannon Law Group, P.C., today at 312-578-9501 to learn more about how we can help.

The Dangers Asbestos Posed to Tenants and Employees Was Ignored

When the dangers of asbestos were proven, many companies ignored the risks and continued to expose their employees. Numerous business memos and other documents show how time after time, financial gain was put ahead of employees’ best interests. Use of asbestos was cheaper than other alternatives, so manufacturers and others purposely neglected their duty to protect the public and their workers. In a famous memo from 1966, one executive even noted that if an employee benefited from work with the use of asbestos in life, “why not die from it.” While not everyone was so callous, thousands of people were knowingly exposed to this dangerous mineral in their homes, schools, and workplaces. Today, 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the U.S. every year, and there have been over 31,000 mesothelioma-related deaths over the last 15 years.

How Our Mesothelioma Attorneys Can Help in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Washington

A mesothelioma diagnosis is both serious and scary. Often, victims have many concerns and little experience with the justice system. While you and your family focus on your treatment plan and spending time together, the attorneys at Shannon Law Group, P.C., can worry about your legal rights. Those diagnosed with mesothelioma, and even the family members of those who have died, may have a number of legal options available to them, including:

  • Asbestos bankruptcy trust funds. Many cases are related to businesses that operated years ago. Some have gone out of business or merged with other companies. Many of them, however, were required to set up trust funds to pay mesothelioma victims who have a claim against the company.
  • Civil lawsuits. Victims can file a legal claim directly against the party that knowingly exposed them to asbestos, causing their mesothelioma. These cases can reach a settlement agreement or result in a trial.
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs compensation. Many mesothelioma cases stem from services performed as part of military duty. As such, victims can be eligible for benefits from the federal government.

As our previous clients can attest, the legal team at Shannon Law Group, P.C., understands the impact a legal case can have on your family, and we pride ourselves on getting the job done for our clients. Unfortunately, Illinois is ranked 7th in the nation for diagnosis of mesothelioma, with Washington state at 9th and Wisconsin at 15th. Fortunately, these cases are often found in favor of the victim, and we want to help ensure that outcome for you and your loved ones. Let us protect and defend your legal rights, so you can take care of what really matters. Fill out our online contact form today, and you’ll get a prompt response from a member of our team who can answer your questions and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Testimonials of Shannon Law Group of Chicagoland

Joe Shannon’s firm worked hard to help our family. Everyone is genuine and sincere with our concerns and questions. I HIGHLY recommend!
Erin Koenig
Erin Koenig
15:52 25 Nov 19
Compassionate listeners Joe Shannon and Patrick Cummings helped our family out when my daughter was injured in a car accident. They understand the the long term health consequences that your child may face and they seek fair and maximum compensation. They handled the insurance company for us and in return we are truly GRATEFUL for everything they did on our behalf!
Susan Jennings
Susan Jennings
19:02 18 Nov 19
Patrick Cummings and Shannon Law Group represented our daughter in an employment contract dispute. Our daughter was so frustrated, and Patrick immediately reassured her that the law was on her side despite what her employer told her. Patrick was able to get her back pay that added up to more than 10% of her annual salary. He did this professionally, respectfully and quickly. In a way that allowed her to continue in a job she loves with out creating unnecessary tension. It is fortunate that Patrick can practice in Wisconsin. We are very grateful Pat was able to help our daughter.
Regina Cummings
Regina Cummings
19:16 20 Oct 19
The whole team of Shannon Law Group were great throughout my entire case. Each member diligently did their part and kept me thoroughly informed with what was going on. Each member was always willing to answer my questions anytime of the day. At the end, the Shannon Law Group helped me come out on top. Thank you Shannon Law Group for all of your hard work.
Michael Heatherly Ii
Michael Heatherly Ii
21:40 10 Oct 19
I was involved in a car accident earlier this year and Shannon Law Group assisted me through every step of the process. This team educated me on my options and offered me agency after a stressful life event. I really appreciate the urgency in which these lawyers handled my case. I felt my case was prioritized by Shannon Law Group from the start to the resolution. I would highly recommend their services to anyone!
Maureen Cummings
Maureen Cummings
20:56 10 Oct 19
They never stopped fighting for me until they won my case! My family is so grateful!
Erin Huls
Erin Huls
18:22 16 Jul 19
I have worked with the Shannon Law Group for years. The firm is based on integrity and being available. They will give you honest and expert feedback and always take calls or get back to you right away. They are super friendly to work with and do a great job.
Robert Nell
Robert Nell
14:35 30 May 18
I've known Joe Shannon personally and professionally for 20 years and have referred friends and family members to him. He is intelligent, strategic, personable and a person of great integrity. I highly recommend Joe Shannon and his team.
Julie Carballo
Julie Carballo
15:36 24 Feb 18
I was involved in a head on collision with a wrong way driver. My car was totaled and my life was saved by safety restraints. Much to my surprise, my insurance company failed to properly represent me and I engaged Joe Shannon's services to recover my losses. Joe resolved the matter in a quick and cost effective manner. I have since referred a number of other individuals to the practice and they have all had very positive experiences and outcomes with Joe's firm. Joe is also very active in supporting the local community. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Daniel McMullen
Daniel McMullen
21:18 22 Feb 18
I had an excellent experience with the Shannon Law Group. Joe Shannon is a man of high integrity and compassion. When I contacted Joe, he quickly got back to me. He provided great legal advice and support during the case. I highly recommend the Shannon Law Group!
Laura Freeman
Laura Freeman
20:28 18 Feb 18
The Shannon Law Group should be your 1st choice for an attorney to represent you.They have the resources to help you in your dispute with Insurance CompaniesThe Shannon Group will even the playing field.They get Results ! Take it from meA very satisfied client Highly Recommended
Anthony Aceto
Anthony Aceto
15:34 17 Feb 18
Joe Shannon is an incredible lawyer backed by an amazing team. I referred a family to him and have been amazed at how his team has helped them when no other lawyers would. He isn't afraid of the tough cases - he knows how to win them. He works more than hard for his clients. He and his team build innovative strategies and execute with integrity and courage. Their approach brings results for their clients that most firms could never get. They care. They will fight for you. They are the people you want in your corner during what may be one of the most difficult challenges you face.
Sarah-Eva Marchese
Sarah-Eva Marchese
04:34 25 Jan 18