If your home was built before about 1996, it could very well have components that contain asbestos. Shocked? It’s true. The Environmental Protection Agency started a phased ban of asbestos-containing products used in residential construction in 1989, but the final phase wasn’t even intended to be completed until 1996.
When people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer or another asbestos-related illness, it often comes as a surprise. Cancers caused by the deadly fiber seem like something that only happened in the past, before most asbestos products were banned in the U.S. Surely people aren’t still being diagnosed with these illnesses today.
A 69-year-old Kansas carpenter is dying of heart disease, diabetes and mesothelioma. Doctors say he has only months to live. This week, a jury in Madison County is tasked with determining whether his mesothelioma was caused by his use of drywall joint compounds manufactured by Georgia Pacific -- and whether that company is therefore responsible for his illness.
Gori Julian & Associates recently filed a lawsuit against 65 companies on behalf of an Illinois couple. The husband believes he developed asbestos lung cancer through exposure to the deadly fiber through a number of different products over the course of his 37-year career. The companies responsible for his exposure knew about the risks but failed to take the basic, reasonable steps that would have prevented his illness.
When people develop asbestos-related diseases, they typically endure debilitating symptoms, dreadful physical pain and disability. When their diagnosis is mesothelioma or asbestos-lung cancer, they often suffer from mental anguish, as well, because although their diseases are usually due to the negligence or misconduct of a formerly trusted employer, and their treatment options can be very limited.
For several years now, there has been an ongoing discussion about the air quality at May Whitney Elementary School in Lake Zurich, prompting the school to look into efforts to improve health safety for the children in the school. Although the school district’s longtime asbestos inspector had been leading the charge in removing potentially harmful materials from the school, recent disapproval of the inspector’s methods prompted a school board meeting recently.
In 2009, a long-term former employee of GM&O Railroad died of lung cancer. In 1957, he began working at GM&O’s rail yard on the west side of Bloomington. He worked at that location for 15 years, and then he was transferred from Illinois to another GM&O facility, a company shop, in Paducah, Kentucky. During the entire 15-year period he spent at the Bloomington rail yard, he was exposed to asbestos, and that exposure continued after his transfer to Paducah.
If you thought that the deadly effects of products containing asbestos were long over, you should know that, even now, courts throughout Illinois see new asbestos injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed on a regular basis. This is because people can still develop asbestos-related illness many years after exposure, and also because companies continue to manufacture projects containing asbestos and other deadly components.
Because of a new law that went into effect on January 1, day care centers and home day cares in Illinois must be tested for radon. While the law requiring radon tests went into effect at the beginning of 2013, day care facilities have until January 1, 2014 to post the results of their radon test.
After a lengthy court battle, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a Mississippi man's asbestos lawsuit may not be heard and decided in St. Clair County. In making its ruling, the court stated that the hardships that litigating the case in Illinois would produce for the defendants outweighed the benefits of doing so for the plaintiff. It is an unfortunate ruling, to say the least.