Illinois Asbestos Lawyer
Did you work with asbestos in Illinois? Mesothelioma and asbestosis claimed the lives of no fewer than 1,800 Illinois residents between 1999 and 20101. This total does not account for those killed by other asbestos cancers, such as lung cancer, colon cancer, laryngeal cancer, and stomach cancer.
GPW's asbestos attorneys are familiar with many of the industrial, Aviation, Chemical, Foundry, Hospital, Military, Other, Power Station, Refinery, School, Shipyard, Steelmill and other types of job sites throughout Illinois where asbestos exposure occurred. Some of the Illinois workers our law firm has helped were injured by asbestos at companies and sites in the 37 cities listed below.
- Arlington Heights
- Des Plaines
- East Peoria
- Great Lakes
- Melrose Park
- Mt. Vernon
- South Chicago
- St. Charles
Asbestos Lawsuits, Illinois, & Experience
Thousands of Americans were exposed to asbestos on the job in Illinois. Connecting the dots between places, products, and people you worked with over a career can be a challenging and complicated process. However, knowing the places you worked, what products were used there, and having the corroborating testimony of coworkers are all important factors in successfully pursuing your asbestos lawsuit in Illinois.
Further complicating these already difficult cases, asbestos exposure injuries can take decades to become apparent, therefore it is not unusual for a client to have moved from Illinois before their asbestos disease became apparent. In most states, once you have been diagnosed, the statute of limitations (or the time in which you can file suit) begins to run. Questions about Illinois's statute of limitations in asbestos cases? [Contact us.]
Whether you lived in Illinois for years or just during one summer years ago, we have the knowledge and resources track down the companies, products, & places where your asbestos exposure occurred. Our asbestos lawyers and support staff are familiar with long gone job sites and thousands of asbestos-containing products not only used in Illinois, but nationwide. If you are looking for an asbestos lawyer in Illinois, please contact us today to see how we can help you.
Malignant Mesothelioma in Illinois's Counties
Between 1999 and 2010, 1,485 deaths were attributed to mesothelioma in Illinois. Nationwide, mesothelioma claimed 29,827 people, making Illinois rank number 6 out of 51 (all 50 states plus the District of Columbia). Only 5 other states suffered from more mesothelioma deaths than Illinois.
In order to more accurately compare deaths, instead of using raw numbers, as reported above, epidemiologists often use age-adjusted death rates. Age adjusted death rates take into account the average age of residents, as a county or state with an older average age is naturally going to see more deaths than an area with a younger average age.
Between 2000 and 2009, the following Illinois counties have the highest age-ajusted death rates from malignant mesothelioma (only Illinois counties with at least 10 mesothelioma deaths are included):
- Champaign County (8.92)
- Cook County (10.64)
- Du Page County (12.56)
- Kane County (10.86)
- La Salle County (20.88)
- Lake County (22.69)
- Macon County (15.14)
- Madison County (12.76)
- McHenry County (9.82)
- McLean County (21.85)
- Peoria County (11.20)
- Rock Island County (10.18)
- Sangamon County (7.49)
- St. Clair County (9.91)
- Tazewell County (12.13)
- Will County (16.88)
- Williamson County (16.55)
- Winnebago County (10.80)
- Statistics on mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths from CDC and NIOSH Work-Rleated Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance System [link]
Mesothelioma in Illinois
The above chart shows the number of deaths attributed to mesothelioma in Illinois annually since 1999. (Note: After 2005, data is not included from years where less than 10 deaths were reported.)
Asbestosis in Illinois
Above is a chart of deaths resulting from asbestosis in Illinois every year since 1996.
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