Work-Related Mesothelioma and Asbestos Injuries

Chicago Worker’s Compensation Lawyers

Some jobs, by nature of the work involved, expose workers to excessive noise, pollution, or environmental contaminants. Often times, these employees will develop occupational exposure injuries, such as hearing loss, allergic reactions, asthma, and fatal diseases like mesothelioma and lung disease.

The Chicago occupational exposure injury lawyers at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd. focus on helping injured employees obtain the compensation that they deserve following a work-related injury. As dedicated accident and injury lawyers, we are well-versed in the various injuries that can occur in workplace accidents, and we are equipped to handle your legal claim accordingly.

If you or someone you love was exposed to asbestos or other occupational hazard, contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago occupational exposure attorneys.

Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Injuries

One of the deadliest work-related occupational hazards is asbestos, which is a naturally-occurring mineral used to make insulation.  Exposure to asbestos has been known to cause mesothelioma (a rare type of cancer) and asbestosis (a chronic noncancerous lung disease).

Workers who developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, as well with additional compensation from the asbestos manufacturer in a third-party cause of action. According to RAND Corporation, asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuits make up one of the longest and most expensive mass torts in U.S. history, with more than 730,000 claimants and 8,400 defendants as of 2002.

If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos, you may have the right to recover workers’ compensation benefits as well as compensation through a third-party product liability or personal injury claim against any company that knowingly exposed the public or its employees to asbestos.

Workers’ Compensation for Other Occupational Exposure Injuries

Although mesothelioma is one of the most common occupational exposure injuries, there are many other types of occupational exposure injuries for which workers’ compensation benefits may be available. For instance, employees who are exposed to high levels of noise, such as factory workers, airline employees, or construction workers, may develop hearing loss as a result of their job. While employees who have suffered work-related hearing loss may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, claims for these injuries can be difficult to pursue because the employee will need to prove that the hearing loss was the result of occupational exposure, and not the result of age-related hearing loss. For these reasons, it is important to consult with a skilled Illinois workplace accident lawyer like those at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates.

Get the Workers’ Compensation Advice You Need

The Chicago workplace injury attorneys at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates focus on helping injured employees obtain the workers’ compensation benefits that they deserve. Our experience with Illinois workers’ compensation laws allows us to guide injured employees with all kinds of injuries – from back injuries and repetitive stress injuries to mesothelioma and hearing loss – through the entire workers’ compensation claim process.

If you or someone you love was exposed to asbestos or another occupational hazard, contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago occupational exposure attorneys.