Years ago, asbestos was commonly used in construction projects because of its heat and flame-repellent properties. However, it eventually started to make people sick and construction workers bore the brunt of the hazard. Working everyday on a job site, workers would inhale hazardous asbestos particles daily.
Since the dangers of the material were not yet known, the damage was extensive and prolonged. The particles would burrow into the lungs and affect the mesothelium until cancer manifested. The condition they developed was later coined as mesothelioma, a cancer that workers today should be safe from if they have appropriate PPE.
Illinois does not have a great track record for this. It has the 7th highest rating for asbestos-related deaths in the nation. In fact, between 1999 and 2015, more than 2,000 residents lost their lives because of the asbestos-induced cancer.
Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma
Since the statute of limitations for personal injuries in Illinois is two (2) years, mesothelioma victims are at a disadvantage. That is because many do not realize they have the disease until it is too late, as the disease has a long latency period. In some cases, some people may not be diagnosed with the condition until five, or even 50 years after they are exposed to asbestos.
The statute of limitations does not start when the individual is diagnosed with the deadly disease. This is because of a rule stating it does not start until the plaintiff, i.e. the person with the condition, comes to know or should have known that they had a cause to bring to court.
In other words, even if the condition took hold decades ago, you could successfully make a claim if not much time has passed between the diagnosis date and the date when the lawsuit is filed. However, to do that successfully, you should hire attorneys who have years of experience defending mesothelioma patients.
If you are looking for a team of attorneys in Schaumburg, IL, who are dedicated when it comes to their clients, get in touch with the attorneys at I Am Calling My Lawyer, today. We have more than five decades of combined experience in personal injury, workers’ compensation, mesothelioma and other cases that prevent our clients from earning a living or worse. We are not afraid to stand up for you in court and have an excellent track record to prove it. In fact, you can pay us only when you get the justice you deserve from our efforts.