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Mesothelioma Overview

Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by using or being exposed to asbestos fibers that affect the mesothelial (surrounding) linings of the lungs, abdomen or heart. For many victims, mesothelioma symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath and weight loss may not present for up to 50 years after exposure – making early diagnosis difficult and treatment options nearly impossible.

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  • $3.75 Million – Wrongful death
  • $4.5 Million – Personal Injury
  • $15.2 Million Personal Injury Verdict - Patrick A. Salvi II, Patrick A. Salvi, Jeffrey J. Kroll and Aaron D. Boeder...

    $15.2 Million Personal Injury Verdict

    Patrick A. Salvi II, Patrick A. Salvi, Jeffrey J. Kroll and Aaron D. Boeder of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. of Chicago, IL obtained a $15.2 million verdict on behalf of a man who was seriously injured when he was struck and run over by a forklift at McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, Illinois. The trial began on August 4, 2015. The verdict was approved by the Honorable Judge Lorna E. Propes in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

    On September 18, 2012, Thomas Neuhengen of Cudahy, Wisconsin, 33, was working as a spare parts manager for Hermle Machine Co. LLC, helping with the tear down of the company’s booth from the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at McCormick Place. He was knocked down and his left foot was run over by a 58,000 pound 40/60 Versa Lift forklift. Neuhengen’s attorneys allege the forklift driver, Frederick Neirinckx, failed to keep a clear view of the path of travel, failed to maintain a proper lookout and failed to use a spotter.

    Additionally, according to the complaint, Global Experience Specialists, the company that set up the show and hired Mr. Neirinckx did not have a policy in place to make sure forklift drivers were trained and evaluated three-years prior to the 2012 IMTS. The company also failed to assign a three-person crew to the 40/60 Versa Lift. Global Experience Specialists was cited with four safety violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    As a result of the accident, Mr. Neuhegen suffered a de-gloving injury to his left foot, requiring a number of surgeries. Mr. Neuhegen is a staff sergeant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and prior to the incident served two tours of duty in Iraq.

    “As a result of a corporation ignoring safety rules, Tom’s life will never be the same,” said lawyer Patrick Salvi II. “The jury’s verdict demonstrates the substantial impact and ongoing challenges this incident has had on Tom. We hope this verdict serves as a reminder to companies to ensure employees receive proper training and resources.”

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What Is Mesothelioma?

Sadly, the prognosis for mesothelioma cancer is grim – most patients die within a year or two after diagnosis.

Other diseases associated with asbestos exposure include asbestosis (a scarring of the lung tissue from an acid produced by the body’s attempt to dissolve the fiber) and various cancers that affect the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, ovaries, testicles and larynx.

Who Is At Risk For Mesothelioma?

Anyone who worked with, or was exposed to, asbestos in the past is at an increased risk of contracting mesothelioma. For decades asbestos use was common in power plants, auto plants, shipyards, chemical plants, aluminum plants, oil refineries, steel mills, paper plants, asbestos manufacturing plants and on construction job sites.

Asbestos Makers Knew Of Dangers

It is widely recognized that asbestos manufacturers and suppliers knew that working with, or being exposed to, asbestos had a serious risk of injury or death. However, most manufacturers and suppliers failed to warn about these known risks and failed to provide proper safety gear, putting thousands of innocent workers and their families in danger of contracting a cancer which often cannot be detected early on or successfully treated.

Over 1 Million Mesothelioma Lawsuits Filed

Over one million people have filed mesothelioma injury lawsuits against thousands of asbestos manufacturers and suppliers. Many more lawsuits are likely in the future as victims continue to be diagnosed with this fatal disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics and the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, 60,000 more people will die from malignant mesothelioma by the year 2030.

Mesothelioma Victims May Be Entitled To Compensation

Many mesothelioma lawsuits have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, and defendants have already paid out billions of dollars. While the facts and circumstances of every case are different, mesothelioma victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for damages that include: medical costs; lost income; loss of spousal support and companionship; loss of earning capacity; loss of consortium; loss of enjoyment of life; physical impairment or disfigurement; costs of rehabilitation; emotional distress; end of life expenses; pain and suffering; punitive damages and more.

Why It Makes Sense To Hire A Lawyer

Having an experiencedmesothelioma lawyer on your side can make all the difference when seeking to prevail in your mesothelioma illness lawsuit. In addition to advising you on your rights and determining the types of compensation for which you may be entitled, an experienced mesothelioma lawyer knows which industries, companies and job sites have already been implicated in asbestos-related injuries, which asbestos manufacturers and suppliers have been found liable and in which legal venues to pursue your claim.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our goal is to provide you with professional legal representation in personal injury, wrongful death and product liability litigation. Over the past 30 years, we have recovered over $800 million in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for our clients – including 200 cases with verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more.

We understand the pain associated with being diagnosed with mesothelioma years after being exposed to asbestos or to lose a loved one you never imagined could have contracted the disease. If you’ve developed mesothelioma, asbestosis or another asbestos-related injury, let our experience work for you.

For help in Chicago and throughout Illinois, contact us toll free at 877-975-7991 or use our free online contact form.

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PATRICK SALVI II NAMED AAJ MOST OUTSTANDING YOUNG TRIAL LAWYER

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Patrick Salvi II, a partner in our Chicago office, received the prestigious F. Scott Baldwin Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer Award by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) during a reception dinner at the AAJ annual convention in Montreal, Canada…

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