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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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  • $33.2 Million Jury Verdict - March 05 2009 LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok...

    $33.2 Million Jury Verdict

    March 05 2009

    LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a $33.2 million verdict last night on behalf of a 22-year-old young man, who was injured in a car accident. The trial was heard before the Honorable Christopher Starck who entered judgment on the jury’s verdict in Lake County, Illinois. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter (Law Bulletin Publishing Company), the father and son Salvi legal team—in their first jury trial together – exceeded the previous Lake County verdict record by nearly $10 million.

    On November 19, 2006, William Klairmont, then 18-years-old, was driving intoxicated on Route 43 in Lake Bluff, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving—crashing into a utility box. The accident paralyzed the vehicle’s passenger, Plaintiff, then 19-years-old, from the chest down. Tests later showed that Klairmont had a blood-alcohol level of 0.146, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08 for adults. The ‘black box’ in Klairmont’s car indicated that seconds before the accident, the vehicle was traveling at 120-miles-per-hour. The trial was only on damages because Klairmont admitted fault. The Plaintiff was not accused of doing anything wrong. During the trial, jurors heard testimony about the Plaintiff’s past and future medical needs, the difficulties of his day-to-day life, and his employability.

    “Fortunately for our client, the vehicle Mr. Klairmont was driving was borrowed by his father’s employer from a second family corporation. Insurance-wise, this should allow our client the opportunity to collect much, if not all, of the verdict,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Sr. and Jim Nyeste, another member of the plaintiff’s legal team.

    In February, the Plaintiff settled with Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest, for her $2.5 million homeowner’s insurance policy limit. Mrs. Pfeifer owned the home at which William Klairmont became intoxicated.

    “The outcome in this case is the recognition by a Lake County jury that our client has suffered a tremendous loss. The jury did the right thing,” said Patrick A. Salvi II. “This verdict will take care of our client’s medical needs for the rest of his life so that he can live as full a life as possible in the face of physical disabilities.”

  • $2.4 Million Premise Liability Settlement - Cook County, IL (January 27, 2014) – Matthew L. Williams of Salvi, Schostok &...

    $2.4 Million Premise Liability Settlement

    Cook County, IL (January 27, 2014) – Matthew L. Williams of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $2.4 Million settlement on behalf of a four-year-old Chicago boy who suffered a severe burn injury in 2011 due to excessively hot water in his apartment. The boy was burned when he jumped into a bathtub filled with hot water. The plaintiff alleged the building management group did not adequately maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition by allowing the water temperature to rise to unsafe levels.

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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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Salvi, Schostock & Pritchard P.C. Obtains Record Verdict for Southern Illinois Family

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Attorneys from Salvi, Schostock and Pritchard P.C., have helped the family of a teenager who was killed in a 2007 bicycle accident to secure a record-setting $1.2 million verdict in Pope County, Illinois. The trial began on June 17 of…

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