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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 that companies knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure — but stayed silent. Since mesothelioma takes 10 to 50 years to develop, union workers are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Similarly, their family members are falling ill due to secondhand exposures from the workers bringing asbestos dust home on their clothes and skin.
Many 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.
At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our asbestos exposure lawyers have represented hundreds of union members and their families across the United States.
Asbestos exposure is a unique medical and legal matter. Have an open conversation with your doctor about your work history with asbestos and the possible risks — especially if you experience a persistent cough, weight loss and shortness of breath. These could be signs of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.
Asbestos was used in thousands of products at job sites across the United States. Bricklayers, cement masons, steelworkers, carpenters, military veterans and other union trades were unnecessarily put at risk. When older buildings burn or are destroyed in disasters, first responders like firefighters may also be exposed to asbestos.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, put the resources and the results of Simmons Hanly Conroy on your side. Our mesothelioma attorneys have seen the effects of asbestos diseases firsthand and will give you and your family the respect and personal attention you deserve.
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Our mesothelioma attorneys have represented thousands of clients nationwide. Our team has a proven track record of helping families affected by asbestos exposure. We’ve even set the record for the highest asbestos verdict ever — $250 million.
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. Both our results and our attorneys have also won various awards.
Headquartered in Alton, Illinois, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a nationwide presence with law offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and St. Louis. Our attorneys will come to you, whenever and wherever it’s convenient, at no cost if you have a case.
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Our firm is a proud member of the St. Louis Labor Council. We’ve regularly supported charitable and political causes that are friendly to organized labor in addition to funding various mesothelioma and cancer research efforts across the country.
At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we’ve secured over $9.3 billion for our mesothelioma clients — including more than $1.2 billion for union workers affected by asbestos exposure and their families.
Some of our past mesothelioma settlements and verdicts for union workers include:
While there’s never a guarantee of success with any claim, we’ll fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Results will vary from case to case depending on the individual’s exposure, age, diagnosis and several other factors.
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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.
We’ve helped mesothelioma clients in the following unions and more:
In addition to our various cancer research donations, Simmons Hanly Conroy is also committed to supporting union workers and their families facing other hardships as well.
As part of an effort called “$5 for the Fight,” we’ve given nearly $200,000 to union families facing financial difficulties due to lack of work.
Call (800) 326-8900 now to learn more about how we can help your family if you’re facing a mesothelioma diagnosis.
After a mesothelioma diagnosis, patients and their families can face unexpected emotional and financial hardships. As a leading mesothelioma law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy is uniquely equipped to support families during this time — and fight for the compensation they need for treatment.
Mesothelioma compensation options can often include:
Our mesothelioma lawyers can determine which options you’re eligible for and pursue compensation on your behalf, so you can focus on your family and health.
No. It was banned in 1989 under the Toxic Substances Control Act, but the U.S. Fifth District Appellate Court overturned it in 1991. Hundreds of metric tons of asbestos are imported into the United States every year still.
However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did introduce a ban on white or chrysotile asbestos in April 2022, but it has not been passed yet. This ban would limit importing, processing or distributing products containing chrysotile asbestos.
Getting screened for mesothelioma is the only way to get an official diagnosis, which is the first step to starting a treatment plan. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer with no cure, but there are options available that can help lessen symptoms and extend someone’s life expectancy.
Once you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you can also start the process of pursuing compensation for your illness and holding the company responsible for your asbestos exposure accountable.
Mesothelioma financial compensation can help patients afford the treatment they need and stay financially afloat while unable to work.
No. When companies go bankrupt in the United States, it doesn’t necessarily mean they go out of business. In some cases, a bankruptcy judge approves a plan for them to restructure their debt, which allows them to continue with business as usual.
Many asbestos companies tried to file for bankruptcy as a way of avoiding paying out lawsuits. However, the court systems mandated that these companies had to set aside money for current and future asbestos exposure victims.
Currently, there’s an estimated $30 billion available in these asbestos trust funds. Clients are often able to access money from multiple trusts — without having to go to court.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our asbestos attorneys can help determine your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call (800) 326-8900 now to get started.
Filing a lawsuit can help you afford the mesothelioma treatments you need and ease any worries about the medical costs draining your family budget.
Asbestos companies knew about the dangers of using asbestos in their products — but they hid the risks from their employees. Taking legal action sends a powerful message to these companies that their actions were wrong and their negligence won’t go unpunished.
Not necessarily. It’s common for workers to want to be loyal to their current or former employer — or to the people they worked with. It’s possible to file a claim without naming an employer.
Instead, we would file claims against the companies that made the asbestos products and sold them to your employer to use.
It’s also important to note that in cases of military asbestos exposure, we do not file claims against the U.S. government or military.
Potentially — but it’s important to find an attorney who has experience representing mesothelioma victims. Asbestos litigation falls under a type of law that requires years of experience to develop the knowledge necessary to handle it successfully.
You need to be confident that the firm you choose is the best fit for your family’s goals. We have over 60 asbestos attorneys who focus solely on helping people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Our team of attorneys also has experience helping trade workers and their families specifically. Union mesothelioma cases have their own unique legal considerations, so we encourage you to contact us regarding the specifics of your potential case.