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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., now accepting cases for Willowbrook families concerned about toxic emissions released from Sterigenics International

CHICAGO (September 6, 2018) – Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced today the firm is now investigating on behalf of multiple clients potential claims against Sterigenics International and whether the Willowbrook-based company’s toxic emissions could lead to serious health issues.

Federal officials began investigating Sterigenics International last year after surrounding communities were identified on a national map of health hazards from breathing toxic chemicals. Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a gas used by the company, ethylene oxide, is far more dangerous than previously thought and could cause cancer, birth defects, and other health problems. The report showed that in one area near the plant, the estimated risk of cancer is more than nine times the national average. (Click here to read the full report)

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The company’s Willowbrook facility is one of nine ethylene oxide sterilizers operated nationally by Sterigenics. Nearly 20,000 people live within one mile of the DuPage County facility, and four schools and one day care center are also located near the plant.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., attorneys Patrick A. Salvi, Aaron D. Boeder, Andrew J. Burkavage and Heidi L. Wickstrom are leading the firm’s investigation into Sterigenics. Families who believe they have been affected by the health risk may contact the law firm for a free, no-obligation case consultation. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard won the largest compensatory award ever in Illinois when a jury awarded $148 million in August of 2017 to a woman severely injured at a O’Hare International Airport.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the legal team, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312) 372-1227 or


Patrick A. Salvi

Patrick A. Salvi concentrates his legal practice in several limited areas primarily involving a trial practice in cases concerning serious personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and mass torts. Mr. Salvi has achieved record-breaking jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, including serving as lead counsel in obtaining an Illinois record-high $148 million jury verdict and a Lake County record $33 million jury verdict.

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