Asbestos Exposure in Illinois

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Illinois has a deep-rooted economy in manufacturing, fuel, and energy. Historically, these industries have used asbestos-containing materials for fire-resistant and insulation materials. Many workers in these industries were exposed to asbestos.

In addition to the asbestos-associated with the industries listed above, more than 300,000 tons of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite from Libby, Montana was shipped to Illinois for processing. The contaminated vermiculite was processed in facilities in Chicago, Girard, Peoria, Quincy, Buda, and Calumet City.

Illinois Superfund Sites

Superfund Sites in Illinois create many asbestos concerns. One of the most concerning is the Johns-Manville site in Waukegan, Illinois. This site is a 150-acre disposal area that has approximately three million cubic yards of waste and toxic materials including asbestos. This site contributes to airborne asbestos hazards around Lake Michigan and Illinois Beach State Park because of its close proximity to these popular destinations.

In Chicago, the former W.R. Grace & Company facility processed more than 273,000 tons of asbestos-containing vermiculite shipped from Libby, Montana. Workers at the plant were exposed to hazardous levels of asbestos. W.R. Grace stopped operations at the Chicago plant in 1996.

World War II Shipyards

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In World War II, a shipyard in Seneca, Illinois built landing ships that were used in the D-Day assault at Normandy. The 200-acre site was three-fourths of a mile along the Illinois River.

World War II, shipyard workers, and military personnel were often exposed to asbestos-covered boilers, steam pipes, wall insulation, turbines, pipe covering, gaskets, pumps, cement, and other asbestos-containing products.

Mesothelioma in Illinois

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. Caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, mesothelioma is often diagnosed in older individuals who worked with asbestos products, such as former military, miners, and construction workers. Many who worked and lived in Illinois may have been exposed to asbestos.

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Brayton Purcell LLP is dedicated to seeing justice served to those in need. Contact our personal injury lawyers today if you have been exposed to asbestos in Illinois. Please contact us today to discuss your case by calling us at 1-800-598-0314, or by filling out the contact form on our website. You may be entitled to compensation.