Hiring a Mesothelioma Lawyer in Illinois

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Factories and construction sites in Illinois were major sites for asbestos exposure in the past century. Qualified mesothelioma attorneys can help patients in Illinois get compensation to cover medical bills and lost income.

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Illinois has a long history of industrialization. During the 20th century, heavy industry and manufacturing plants sprang up all throughout the state. Unfortunately, the once common use of asbestos in these facilities has led to Illinois ranking seventh in the nation for asbestos-related deaths.

Since the dangers of asbestos came to light, Madison County has become one of the nation’s top jurisdictions for asbestos litigation.

Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, asbestos lawsuits became seriously backlogged in the county. In response, the judicial system implemented reforms to process asbestos cases more efficiently. Mesothelioma patients can benefit from a fast-track filing process.

In addition, most mesothelioma claims filed in Madison County are settled out of court before going to trial.

Illinois Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Federal, state and regional laws regulate asbestos in Illinois. Title 77 of the Illinois Administrative code details requirements for asbestos abatement in commercial and public buildings, including schools. Cook County and the City of Chicago have their own regulations as well.

Only licensed professionals may perform asbestos removal in commercial and public buildings in Illinois. This requirement also extends to residential buildings with more than four units.

Agencies That Regulate Asbestos in Illinois

  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos Unit: The Illinois EPA enforces the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).

  • Illinois Department of Public Health: The IDPH inspects asbestos-abatement projects and sets licensing requirements for asbestos-management professionals.

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration: OSHA holds businesses accountable for keeping employees safe from asbestos.

  • Cook County Department of Environmental Control: Cook County has additional permitting requirements for asbestos abatement.

  • Chicago Department of Public Health: The City of Chicago also has extra permitting requirements.

The Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program can help business owners understand the requirements for compliance.

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Filing Deadlines

The deadlines for filing personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits come from the Illinois statutes of limitations:

  • Mesothelioma patients have two years to file a personal-injury claim from the time they are diagnosed.

  • For wrongful-death claims filed by surviving family members, the time limit is two years from the date of death.

Mesothelioma patients and family members should consult an Illinois mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible about when to file a lawsuit.

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Illinois Job Sites with Documented Asbestos Exposure


  • Baldwin Power Plant


  • Eureka Company


  • Zonolite Processing Plant


  • Illinois Central Railroad

Chicago Area

  • Abex/Amsco Steel Plant
  • Amoco Chemical
  • Armour & Company Plant
  • AT&T Hawthorne Works Plant
  • B&O Railroad
  • Blaw-Knox Foundry
  • Calumet Shipyard
  • Campbell’s Soup Plant
  • Carnegie Steel Company
  • Caterpillar Plant
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
  • Commonwealth Edison Nuclear Power Plant
  • Continental Can Plant
  • Crawford Station Power Plant
  • Cyclone Blow Pipe
  • Danly Machine Specialties
  • Durable Rubber
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Fansteel Metallurgical Shop
  • Fisk Generating Station
  • Forty-Eight Insulations Plant
  • General Electric Appliance Plant
  • General Mills Food Plant
  • General Motors Plant
  • Goodyear Plant
  • Great Lakes Naval Training Center
  • Great Lakes Power Plant
  • Grundy Industries
  • Hawthorne Works Plant
  • Hotpoint Appliance Factory
  • Inland Steel Mill
  • International Harvester Plant
  • John Deere Tractor Factory
  • Johns-Manville Plant
  • Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Plant
  • Joliet Arsenal
  • Joliet Powerhouse
  • Kautt & Bux Manufacturing
  • Kentile Floors
  • LTV Steel
  • Mobil Oil Refinery
  • Proctor & Gamble Plant
  • Pure Oil Refinery
  • Republic Steel Mill
  • Reynolds Metals Plant
  • RG Construction Services
  • Skil Tool Plant
  • Standard Oil Refinery
  • Stauffer Chemical Plant
  • U.S. Steel Mill
  • Union Oil
  • U.S. Reduction Aluminum Smelter
  • Valley Mold and Iron
  • W.F. Hall Printing Company
  • Zonolite Processing Plant

Decatur Area

  • A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company
  • Mueller Foundry
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass
  • York Electronics

East Dubuque

  • Apple River Chemical Plant


  • Gates Rubber Company


  • Zonolite Processing Plant


  • Ball Brothers Glass Company


  • American Marietta Paint Plant


  • Kewanee Boiler Company


  • John Deere Foundry


  • CB&Q Railroad
  • Libby-Owens-Ford Glass Plant
  • Ottawa Chemical Plant


  • Zonolite Processing Plant


  • Zonolite Processing Plant

Rockford Area

  • J.I. Case Company
  • Chrysler Plant
  • Dearborn Rubber Corporation
  • Glidden Paint Company
  • Green Brothers Steel Foundry
  • Gunite Plant
  • O&H Foundry
  • Rockford Drop Forge
  • Sunstrand Machine Tool Company
  • Vanron


  • Allis-Chalmers Assembly Plant
  • CWLP Power Plant
  • Pillsbury Mills Plant


  • Northwestern Steel & Wire

St. Louis Area

  • Alton Box Board Plant
  • Aluminum Ore Plant
  • American Steel
  • AO Smith-Granite
  • Cahokia Powerhouse
  • Johns-Manville Plant
  • Laclede Steel Plant
  • Midwest Rubber
  • Mobil Oil Refinery
  • Monsanto Chemical Plant
  • National Enameling/Stamping Company (NESCO)
  • National Steel
  • Owens-Illinois Glass Plant
  • Scott Air Force Base
  • U.S. Steel Mill


  • Owens-Illinois Glass Plant


  • Anaconda Ericsson Wire & Cable Plant


  • Petro Chemical Refinery
  • U.S. Industrial Chemical Plant
  • U.S.I. Engineering Plant


  • Zion Nuclear Power Station

Illinois Mesothelioma Lawsuits

If you are suffering because of past asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to legal compensation. An experienced mesothelioma attorney can help you evaluate your options. They can advise you about whether to file a claim in Illinois or another state jurisdiction.

Mesothelioma lawyers in Illinois have helped former factory workers, construction tradesmen and their families secure multimillion-dollar verdicts.

Asbestos Verdicts Awarded to Illinois Workers

  • $5 million: In 2017, Tremco was ordered to pay damages to the family of Willard Krumwiede. Tremco had supplied asbestos-containing tape and caulk that Krumwiede used during his career as a window glazier. Krumwiede had gone on to develop mesothelioma.

  • $90 million: In 2011, a jury decided in favor of Charles Gillenwater in a mesothelioma lawsuit. During his career as a pipefitter, Gillenwater had been exposed to asbestos in products made by Owens-Illinois, Honeywell, Pneumo Abex and John Crane.

  • $1.5 million: In 2011, Florence Campbell was awarded damages for the death of her husband. Richard Campbell had developed mesothelioma after working with asbestos-containing wires and cables at the U.S. Steel plant in Chicago. The defendant company was Ericsson.

  • $3.4 million: In 2009, a jury awarded damages to the family of Richard Worthley, who had worked at a Johns-Manville cement plant. Worthley had developed mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos supplied by Advocate Mines Limited.

  • $16 million: In 2001, Armstrong Contracting and Supply Company was ordered to pay damages to James Crawford and his wife. Crawford had developed mesothelioma after being exposed to the company’s asbestos-containing insulation products at an Owens-Illinois Glass plant.


Most mesothelioma claims are settled privately before going to trial, and lawsuits in Illinois are no exception.

Though settlements are typically worth less than jury verdicts, experienced mesothelioma lawyers are known to secure settlement amounts in the millions of dollars for patients in Illinois.

Trust Funds

When a company responsible for a person’s asbestos exposure has filed for bankruptcy, compensation may be available from an asbestos bankruptcy trust. A mesothelioma attorney can evaluate which trust funds a patient can file a claim with.

In Illinois, defendants in a mesothelioma lawsuit may be entitled to a setoff if the plaintiff has already received compensation from an asbestos trust fund. A setoff reduces the amount of the damages awarded by the jury.

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