Filing a Union Mesothelioma Lawsuit

This year, thousands of Americans will be diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. As union workers, you and your family have a higher risk of exposure.

The sad truth is companies knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure, but remained silent. Now, after a latency period of 10 to 50 years, union workers are developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Similarly, their family members are falling ill due to asbestos exposures that occurred when workers brought the dust home on their clothes and skin.

American workers have been led to believe that asbestos is no longer a threat and that, if you become sick, you have no medical or legal options. That’s simply not true. Help is available. The lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy represent hundreds of union members and their families throughout the United States.


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Asbestos Litigation, Your Guide to the Legal Process.

While no amount of compensation can buy you a medical miracle, a lawsuit can help you afford the mesothelioma treatments you need and help eliminate the worry that medical costs are draining your family budget.

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What Can You Do?

Asbestos is a unique medical and legal matter. Have an open conversation with your doctor about your history of asbestos exposure and the possible risks, especially if you develop the following symptoms: persistent cough, weight-loss and shortness of breath. These could be signs of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.

If you are sick, put the resources and the results of Simmons Hanly Conroy on your side. Our attorneys have seen the effects of asbestos diseases firsthand and will give you and your family the respect and personal attention you deserve.

Who is at Risk?

Asbestos was used in thousands of products at job sites throughout the United States. Bricklayers, cement masons, steelworkers, carpenters and other union trades were unnecessarily put at risk. When older buildings burn or are destroyed in disasters, first responders, such as fire fighters, may also be exposed to asbestos.

Scroll down the page to see a complete list of the unions whose members Simmons Hanly Conroy has been proud to represent in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation.

Simmons Hanly Conroy Helps Union Tradesmen with Mesothelioma


Our mesothelioma attorneys have represented hundreds of skilled union tradesmen, including fire fighters, throughout the country. Our lawyers and staff have a proven track record of helping families affected by asbestos.


We work with leading medical experts throughout the country. The firm has an A rating with the BBB and has been peer reviewed by other lawyers and given the highest possible rating.


Simmons Hanly Conroy, headquartered in Alton, Illinois, has a nationwide practice with law offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and St. Louis.

A Friend to Labor

Simmons Hanly Conroy is a proud member of the St. Louis Labor Council and throughout its existence has regularly supported charitable and political causes that are friendly to organized labor.

Contact us today, and we will help you navigate this complex issue by providing you with the latest medical and legal options available.


$25,000 FOR $5 FOR THE FIGHT

A commitment made last year by the Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm as a challenge grant to raise matching funds from union members, was fulfilled recently with the presentation of a $25,000 check to the Fight Fund to help union families facing financial difficulties because of the lack of work. A total of $75,000 has come from the Simmons firm matching reader contributions. Presenting the check is Simmons Attorney Chris Guinn (at right). Accepting the check (from left) are St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White and United Way Labor Liaisons Amy Phillips and Roz Sherman-Voellinger. (Credit: St. Louis Labor Tribune, Aug. 24, 2015)

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Common Questions about Union Members’ Asbestos Exposure


People who have mesothelioma can help medical researchers find a cure by participating in clinical trials. Ten years ago, mesothelioma patients had no treatment options. Today, there’s one FDA approved treatment option and more work is being done to find a cure. Simmons Hanly Conroy has established a foundation specifically to advance mesothelioma medical research and has donated over $8 million to mesothelioma research.


No. It was banned in 1989 under the Toxic Substances Control Act, but in 1991, the U.S. Fifth District Appellate Court overturned it. In 2009, the United States imported 1,500 metric tons of asbestos to be used in everyday products such as chalk boards, cement shingles, vehicle brakes and cement pipes.


No. When companies go bankrupt in the United States it doesn’t necessarily mean they go out of business. Instead, a bankruptcy judge approves a plan for them to restructure their debt which allows them to continue on with business as usual. Essentially, declaring bankruptcy allows companies to avoid the consequences from their actions of poisoning their workers. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a Simmons Hanly Conroy attorney, who practices asbestos litigation, can help you navigate these complex questions and make sure your legal rights are enforced.


Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit can help you afford the mesothelioma treatments you need and eliminate the worry that medical costs are draining your family budget. In addition, it sends a message to the companies who knowingly used asbestos that their actions were wrong.


It depends. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer since you filed the old claim, then it would be considered a new diagnosis. Therefore, you would be eligible to file a new claim. If you think you may be eligible to file a new claim, one of our attorneys will help you get the answers you need.


Not necessarily. It’s common for workers to feel loyal toward their current or former employer, or to the people they worked with. It’s possible to file a claim without naming an employer. Instead, the claim would list the companies who made the asbestos products your employer used.


Maybe. Do they have experience representing mesothelioma victims? Asbestos litigation falls under a unique type of law that requires years of experience to develop the knowledge necessary to successfully pursue a case. You need to be confident that the firm you choose is the best fit for your family’s goals. We have over 40 attorneys who focus their practices solely on helping people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. In addition, our asbestos attorneys have experience helping people who experienced occupational asbestos exposure while working in the trades. Union mesothelioma cases have their own types of considerations, so we encourage you to call us regarding the specific facts of your potential case.

Unions Whose Members Were Exposed to Asbestos

Simmons Hanly Conroy has helped hundreds of union members who were diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure due to their work with organized labor. Below is a list of unions to which our clients have belonged.

  1. Carpenters Local #5 St. Louis, MO
  2. Lockheed Allied Industrial Workers Union Local #105
  3. American Federal of Labor
  4. AFL-CIO New York Local 66
  5. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  6. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  7. Asbestos Workers Local #1 St. Louis, MO
  8. IAFF
  9. Boeing-Aero Mechanics: Local #751
  10. AFL-CIO New York Local 66
  11. Carpenters Local #106 Des Moines, Iowa
  12. Electrical Workers’ Union Local #48 Portland, OR
  13. Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  14. Firefighters Union Local #1285 Las Vegas
  15. Carpenters Local #4 Sioux City, IA
  16. Boilermakers Local #101 Denver, CO
  17. Electrical Workers’ Union Local #494 Milwaukee, MI
  18. UAW Furniture Manufacturing 57-61 Philadelphia, PA
  19. International Ladies Garment Workers
  20. Glassbottle Blowers Association
  21. Carpenters Union Local #377 Wood River, IL
  22. IBEW Local #15, Chicago
  23. United Mine Workers of America
  24. Heat & Frost Insulators
  25. International Union of Elevator Constructors
  26. Laborers Union Local #282 Jefferson, MO
  27. International Longshoreman’s Association
  28. Bricklayers Union Local #25
  29. Cement Mason Local #920 Fort Worth, TX
  30. LACERA
  31. Energy and Chemical Workers Union
  32. Frosty Root Beer Local #56
  33. Fireman & Oilers Local #78 Kalamazoo, MI
  34. IBEW
  35. ILW Local #13
  36. International Woodworkers Union
  37. IOWU Local #10 San Francisco, CA
  38. Iron Workers Local #290 Dayton, OH
  39. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #636
  40. Longshoreman Local #1986
  41. Local #6 Asbestos Workers Boston, MA
  42. Machinists Union Alton, IL
  43. Longshoreman’s Union
  44. Sheet Metal Workers Local #6 Toledo, OH
  45. Local IEOU #642
  46. Meatcutters Union Local #427
  47. Metal Lathers Local #46 New York
  48. National Maritime Union
  49. Steel Workers Union Local #1063 Granite City, IL
  50. Millwrights, Conveyor & Machinery Erectors Local #1102 Warren, MI
  51. National Union of Hospital & Healthcare Employees Local #1199 Newark, NJ
  52. Operators Union Local #148
  53. National Writers Union
  54. New England Telephone & Telegraph Company Union
  55. OCAW Local #241 El Dorado, KS
  56. Oil Chemical & Atomic Workers
  57. Operating Engineers Local #9 Denver, CO
  58. Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Division TCU
  59. Carpenters & Joiners of America Union Local #311 Joplin, MO
  60. Pattern Makers League
  61. Pipefitters Local #562 St. Louis
  62. Plumbers Union Local #519 Miami, FL
  63. Retail Clerks International Toledo, OH
  64. Roofers Union
  65. Rubber Workers Union Local #746 Tyler, TX
  66. Sheet Metal Workers Local #110
  67. Shipbuilders Local #61
  68. SPEA
  69. Teachers Union IEA
  70. Structural Ironworkers Union Local #433
  71. Teamsters Local #120 St. Paul, MN
  72. Teamsters Local #525 Alton, IL
  73. Teamsters Local #600 St. Louis
  74. Textile Workers Local #1374
  75. Transportation Communication Union
  76. UA Local #393
  77. UAW Local #2250 Wentzville, MO
  78. UAW Local #1648 Chicago
  79. United Steel Workers Detroit, MI
  80. United Mine Workers
  81. United Postal Workers Union
  82. United Electrical Workers Local #1392
  83. United Pulp & Paper Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers Union
  84. United Glassworkers Local #9
  85. United Food Commercial Workers
  86. United Steel Workers of America Local #3643 Alton, IL
  87. United Rubber Workers Local #351 Tuscaloosa, AL
  88. United States Seafarers Union
  89. United Textile Workers
  90. United Transportation Union
  91. Wood, Wire & Metal Lathers International Union Local #205 Alberta, Canada
  92. Steelworkers Union for Combustion Engineering
  93. New York City District Council of Carpenters Local
  94. US Steel Workers
  95. AFL-CIO U.S. Sugar
  96. Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  97. Cement & Gypsum Workers Local #106 Mason City, IA
  98. Carpenters Union Local #94 Providence, RI
  99. Cannery Union Local #740 Oakland, CA
  100. International Aerospace & Machinist Union Local #141 Romulus, MI
  101. Insulators Union Local #46
  102. International Brotherhood of Pipefitters Boston, MA
  103. Labors Union Local #534 Hamilton, OH
  104. Local IEOU #642
  105. National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 14 Louisville, KY
  106. Operating Engineers Local #302 Seattle, WA
  107. Papers Allied International Chemical & Energy Workers AFLCIO Local #449
  108. Painters & Allied Trades Union Local #184 Chicago
  109. Painters & Janitorial Local #1176
  110. Pipecovers Union Local
  111. Cement and Gypsum Workers #106 Mason City, IA Carpenters Local #5

Hiring a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Dealing with a mesothelioma diagnosis can be challenging. Hiring a mesothelioma lawyer doesn’t have to be. Call us today or fill out the form below to find out how, just like we’ve helped hundreds of other union workers, we may be able to help you, too.