Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer often caused by asbestos exposure in the workplace or elsewhere. It can result in costly medical treatments and severe emotional distress. And unfortunately, there is no known cure, although treatment options can be used to reduce the severity of symptoms and slow the progress of the disease.

At Menges Law Firm, we are fierce advocates for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. We are dedicated to helping mesothelioma victims — and their families — seek the financial compensation they deserve from the companies that are responsible for their exposure. Our attorneys have over 50 years' combined experience and know what it takes to fight for your rights in asbestos exposure cases, even if the company responsible for your condition has already declared bankruptcy.

What Occupations Are High Risk For Asbestos Exposure?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly mineral that has been used in everything from fabric and talc production, to building construction and pipe insulation. For decades, many workers throughout the country were regularly exposed to asbestos while performing the duties of their job. While exposure can occur in many types of workplaces, some of those that are considered the highest risk include:

  • Auto mechanics
  • Custodial service
  • Construction and remodeling
  • Plumbers
  • Firefighters
  • Military personnel
  • Shipyard workers
  • Welders

Because mesothelioma symptoms can take 20 to 50 years after exposure to first appear, workers who have been exposed to asbestos in the past should stay vigilant when monitoring symptoms. At Menges Law Firm, our skilled attorneys know how to litigate mesothelioma cases where exposure occurred years before and understand how to seek damages from companies. We will fight to get you the settlement you need — and if we don't get you a settlement, you don't pay any attorneys' fees.

What Is Asbestos Risk Like Today?

In the United States, OSHA began regulating asbestos use in the 1970s and began programs to remove it from existing structures during the 1980s and 1990s. Unfortunately, the use of asbestos in new construction has not been outright banned in the United States. Additionally, many homes, plants and old buildings have not been required to undergo any form of asbestos cleanup, so those who work in such buildings — especially on construction or renovation projects — still have a high risk of being exposed to the substance.

If you or your loved one has been exposed to asbestos or has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the experienced lawyers and Menges Law Firm today by calling 618-277-6646 or emailing us online. Your initial appointment is risk-free, and we will come to you if you're unable to travel. From our office in Belleville, Illinois, we help people throughout Illinois, the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, and the entire United States.