You may be one of many people in Illinois who grew up here, graduated high school and went to work at a local factory, perhaps the same one in which your father or grandfather worked before you. As your factory-working family members began to age, you may have witnessed a significant decline in their health. In fact, you might currently be experiencing similar adverse symptoms in your own health and wonder if the 10-20 years you’ve spent at the plant have something to do with it.
Thousands of people (in fact, at least 3,000 additional people per year) suffer the devastating effects of pleural diseases such as mesothelioma due exposure to asbestos on the job. There are currently strict laws regarding asbestos products and removal of asbestos from job sites, homes or old buildings, etc., because the ravaging health-related damage associated with asbestos is evident.
Risk factors and incurable diseases
Gaining as much knowledge as you can regarding asbestos risks and knowing where to turn for support if needed can help you address your concerns as well as obtain medical treatment for yourself or a loved one. The following list provides information regarding mesothelioma and workplace hazards:
- You may work at the same factory for decades and feel fine every day as you go to and from your job. That does not necessarily mean you are not suffering from an asbestos-related disease as many such illnesses take 20-50 years to present symptoms.
- The dangerous particles contained in asbestos products are microscopic, which is why your employer is obligated to provide information, proper training and safety equipment any time you are working near asbestos.
- There is no known cure for mesothelioma although many injured Illinois workers have been able to obtain treatment that helps alleviate their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
- If you or your family member work in a factory or other location where asbestos exposure is a risk and you experience chest pain, chronic cough, fatigue or unexplained weight loss, you may want to seek immediate consultation with a licensed physician who is familiar with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
- Sadly, there are many cases where employers were well aware of asbestos risks but did not follow through to protect their employees.
There’s obviously nothing you can do to turn back the hands of time. The damage cannot be undone; however, you may be entitled to compensation for such damages as a form of restitution for your suffering if your employer’s or another party’s negligence caused you to contract an illness in your workplace.