Illinois Extends Deadline for Asbestos Lawsuits

by | Feb 11, 2015 | Asbestos |

Exposure to asbestos can happen in a lot of different places, since different construction materials have contained the substance throughout the decades. After exposure occurs, deadly asbestos-related diseases can develop within affected individuals.

construction worker with a hardhat

Illinois recently amended a law limiting exposure victims’ rights for filing a civil action against those involved in constructing buildings with asbestos to a decade. Given that an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma can take over ten years to develop, victims in Illinois are celebrating the victory.

Asbestos has been used in cement, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation, and so many other construction materials. These materials were used throughout the past to build schools, public arenas, and residential and commercial buildings, and threaten many individuals’  health and lives if the materials begin to break down.

Previously, Illinois residents had ten years to file a lawsuit against people involved in constructing buildings using asbestos. If you live in Illinois and have been exposed to asbestos due to a building constructed with the substance, it would be wise to alert your doctor so they can monitor your health for signs of asbestos-related diseases. As mentioned before, it can be years or decades before a disease develops, and early detection is the key to a longer, healthier life after diagnosis.