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The desirable properties of asbestos have been known for centuries. Unfortunately, for nearly as long, the dangers associated with asbestos exposure have also been evident. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used during the twentieth century for industrial, commercial, and residential purposes. Asbestos exposure has been linked to various cancers, the most notable being mesothelioma.

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Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Being exposed to asbestos can have deadly consequences; the microscopic mineral is made of thin fibers and is easily transmitted through the air. Inhaling these fibers can cause the dangerous asbestos material to lodge in an individual’s lungs. Over time, this can cause serious asbestos-related diseases.

As a leading mesothelioma law firm with a proven track record, every asbestos and mesothelioma lawyer at the Firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases. Our lawyers have worked with people diagnosed with mesothelioma for over a decade, and in that time our mesothelioma attorneys have represented thousands of individuals from all areas of the United States.

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you likely have many questions. Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is overwhelming news and is typically related to asbestos exposures that occurred decades earlier. Rest assured that help is available.  Contact one our mesothelioma lawyers today.


[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT] Asbestos is known as a magic mineral, it’s impervious to heat and to fire.  It’s strong, it’s light and it’s inexpensive.  So, starting in the industrial revolution it was used in a lot of industrial materials.

Companies that used asbestos knew that their products were dangerous.  They knew that they would cause disease.  And it was basically a calculation on whether or not they could pay the claims in the future and make more money today, and that’s what they did. They said yes, it makes financial sense, let’s put it in the products.

By 1960 it was undisputed that asbestos exposure could cause mesothelioma.  The only known cause of it in the United States is asbestos.  Mesothelioma is a horrendous disease that painfully ravages the body and makes some the strongest men I’ve ever met into shadows of their former self.  It is by far, and most medical experts would agree, the most painful disease you could possibly have.

It’s become more clear, and undeniable, that even the smallest exposures can cause this terrible disease.  And then there’s another track of the history that shows corporations that made a lot of money making asbestos-containing products, covering up the dangers.

Anywhere that someone has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we can help that person.  We will go to their house, we will meet with you, we will talk about your different medical options, treatment.  We will talk about the different kinds of support services your family might need while they’re going through this time.

It could be the husband, it could be the wife – sometimes it’s the child.  And without financial recovery, there’s times they may not be able to maintain the home because they’re losing an income, or a pension, they may have to sell their home.  Because medical bills can add up very quickly and there’s no support out there because not everything is covered by insurance. Traveling to hospitals, where their specialties are covered, that involves travel, airfare and even a hotel.  People need money to be able to pay for those things so that they can get good treatment.

Without financial recovery, families won’t be able to survive and with the recovery it makes going through this illness a little bit easier, but it certainly doesn’t ever make them comfortable.

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John Simmons

Founding partner John Simmons started Simmons Hanly Conroy in 1999 with eight employees and a focus on asbestos litigation. John’s vision was to provide clients with a high level of service and care. John’s commitment to the victims of mesothelioma runs deep. He and the Firm jointly pledged $10.2 million to establish the Simmons Law Firm Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University in Springfield. View Full Profile

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