Asbestos is a mineral that used to be treasured for its durability and resistance to heat. Many older buildings still have asbestos-containing insulation around their pipes, for instance. The problem is that asbestos is a threat. Many workers in Illinois and across the U.S. have been exposed to it and consequently developed conditions like:

• Mesothelioma
• Lung cancer
• Colon cancer
• Ovarian cancer

How you can be exposed to asbestos

The Center for Asbestos Related Disease, or CARD, in Montana has been raising awareness of the dangers related to asbestos exposure. The first thing everyone should know is that there is no complete asbestos ban in the United States. It can still be found in vehicle parts like brake pads as well as in talc products.

Firefighters and construction workers run a high risk for exposure because they may enter into old buildings where asbestos-containing materials become disturbed and let the mineral go airborne. Besides old insulation, asbestos is present in old shingles and tiles.

CARD and asbestos-related disease

Miners are susceptible to asbestos-related diseases, too. CARD continues to screen more patients exposed to asbestos at a local mine. Though the mine has been closed down, the patients keep coming in. CARD has been advocating for these individuals and providing them with long-term pulmonary care since the early 2000s.

For claims arising from asbestos exposure

Perhaps you were exposed to asbestos on the job or because of a dangerous product. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can take decades to appear, but with a lawyer and his or her network of third parties, you may be able to make the proper connections, paving the way for what might be a successful lawsuit. Everything starts with a case evaluation where the lawyer may be able to determine how much you could be eligible for in economic and non-economic damages.