Asbestos was used in many industries and occupations over the past century because of its fire-retardant properties. However, most asbestos workers were not given masks, respirators or protective clothing to prevent asbestos inhalation. Those workers inhaled deadly asbestos fibers that led to mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining surrounding the lungs, heart and abdomen.
Mesothelioma injury lawsuits allege that asbestos manufacturers and suppliers knew that asbestos could cause mesothelioma, asbestosis and other lung cancers, but failed to warn the companies that used asbestos, the employees that worked with the fibers and others who were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis.
The most common industries which used asbestos were shipbuilding and repair and the automobile industry. However, anyone who worked with asbestos as an insulator, such as pipe fitters, construction workers, power plant workers and many others, may also have been exposed to asbestos fibers.
Workers in many occupations may also have been exposed to asbestos – some without ever knowing it. Here are just a few of the occupations where asbestos exposure may have occurred: aeronautical engineers, aircraft mechanics, auto mechanics, blacksmiths, boilermakers, brick and stone masons, building maintenance, bulldozer operators, cabinet makers, carpenters, crane operators, demolition and wrecking crews, draftsmen, drill press operators, drywall tapers, electric power linemen, electrical engineers, electricians, firefighters , foundry workers, freight and material handlers, furnace operators, heavy equipment mechanics, home inspectors, household appliance installers, HVAC workers, industrial engineers, iron workers, janitors, machinists, mechanics, masons, mechanical engineers, millwrights, miners, mixing operators, molders, painters, plasterers, railroad workers, road machine operators, sheet metal workers, stationary engineers, steamfitters, structural metal craftsmen, telephone repairmen, textile operators, tile setters, tool makers and welders.
If you have developed mesothelioma and want to know whether the disease is linked to a former job, turn to an Illinois law firm with a record of success and a team of skilled accident attorneys who know how to get results.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., offers a free, no-obligation evaluation of mesothelioma claims in Chicago and throughout Illinois. You will not pay for our legal services unless we obtain compensation for you and your family. Contact us toll free at 877-975-7991 or use our free online contact form.