Mesothelioma Lawyers in Chicago

Simmons Hanly Conroy is dedicated to improving the lives of families harmed by asbestos. Since 1999, we have worked with patients and their families throughout the United States, including in Illinois.

Our Chicago asbestos lawyers have seen the suffering caused by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers firsthand, and they are passionate about ensuring each case receives the respect and attention it deserves.

Headquartered in Illinois, Simmons Hanly Conroy understands the unique set of laws that could impact your ability to file a claim. Our Chicago mesothelioma lawyers have the resources and experience necessary to guide you through this complex area of litigation.

If you have questions about a potential case, we can answer them — and help determine if you qualify for compensation.

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Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is often fatal. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they travel to the lungs and become lodged in the tissue there, where they can then slowly cause inflammation, scarring, and other health problems.

It can take 10-50 years after exposure for an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma to develop. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, a mesothelioma lawyer in Chicago may be able to help you pursue compensation and justice.

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Filing a Mesothelioma Lawsuit in Chicago

Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit can help you cover medical expenses and secure your family’s future well-being for years to come. Our Chicago mesothelioma lawyers can make the process as easy as possible for you, and guide you through the legal system.

Each senior attorney operates within a small legal team composed of several associate attorneys, paralegals, medical staff and investigators. This structure ensures you will receive personalized attention while your case works its way through this complex legal process.

There are a few different ways you may be able to recover compensation, and most of them don’t involve going to court:

  • Asbestos Trust Funds: Around $30 billion have been set aside by asbestos companies to compensate people who have developed asbestos-related diseases.
  • Lawsuit Settlement or Verdict: Most mesothelioma lawsuits are settled out of court, before they ever reach the trial stage. That said, our mesothelioma attorneys are prepared to take every case the distance, presenting it at trial if a fair settlement can’t be reached.
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits: Veterans with mesothelioma may be able to access medical and financial benefits through the VA. We have VA-accredited mesothelioma lawyers on staff to help veterans prepare VA claims to access the benefits they are owed.

Statute of Limitations

Illinois has a unique set of laws called statutes of limitations that restrict the amount of time mesothelioma patients and their family members have to file a claim.

For this reason, it’s important to contact a mesothelioma lawyer in Illinois as soon as possible after your diagnosis.

If you’d like to talk to a Chicago mesothelioma attorney about a potential case, we are available to meet with you in your home or a location of your choosing.

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Chicago Asbestos Sites

  • Armour & Co. Manufacturing Plant
  • Calumet Shipyard
  • Campbell’s Soup Plant
  • Carnegie Steel
  • Commonwealth Edison
  • Container Paper Mill
  • Continental Can Plant
  • Crawford Station Power Plant
  • General Electric Appliance Plant
  • International Truck & Engine Corp.
  • Mobil Oil Refinery
  • Republic Steel
  • U.S. Steel Mill

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While the use of asbestos in the United States is regulated, it has not been completely banned. A number of work sites and buildings within the United States, including in Chicago, have been linked to asbestos exposure.

The following offers a partial list of areas and buildings around Chicago which may have contained asbestos. Please note this is not a complete list, and it does not necessarily reflect current conditions. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, please consult with your physician immediately.

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Find Award-Winning Mesothelioma Lawyers Near You

Mesothelioma lawyers with Simmons Hanly Conroy, many of whom are based in Illinois, have secured over $8.5 billion combined on behalf of our clients affected by mesothelioma. We are dedicated to getting our clients the results they deserve. Meet a few of our top mesothelioma lawyers below.

Our Mesothelioma Clients

Every person diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease has a unique story. Here at Simmons Hanly Conroy, we believe there is power in sharing those stories.

As you learn about our clients’ stories, please understand that recovery results vary. No two stories are exactly alike, and the mesothelioma recovery amount reflects the unique aspects of each person’s story.

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Giving Back in Chicago

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we don’t just talk the talk — we walk the walk. We passionately stand up for clients in the courtroom and in the Chicago community by giving back to a variety of different cancer research and mesothelioma support organizations.

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“I Know a Superhero” Family Fun Festival

Simmons Hanly Conroy is proud to have sponsored the Mesothelioma Heroes Foundation’s “I Know a Superhero” Family Fun Festival, which took place at Mt. Greenwood Park/St. Christina Fields on Chicago’s southwest side.

Simmons Hanly Conroy’s sponsorship of the event helped forward the Mesothelioma Heroes Foundation’s mission to raise awareness about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. Proceeds from the Family Fun Festival benefited the University of Chicago Medicine’s mesothelioma program and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).

The Mesothelioma Heroes Foundation and the festival were inspired by Chicagoan David “SuperDad” Dioguardi, a loving husband and father of nine children. Dioguardi battled mesothelioma from September 2011 until his passing in 2016. The nickname “SuperDad” was born when David’s oldest daughter gave him a Superman cape, which he hung over his hospital bed while undergoing surgery.

“Stories like David Dioguardi’s fight against mesothelioma are an inspiring reminder of the strength of the human spirit,” said Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Tim Thompson, the mesothelioma attorney who oversaw Dioguardi’s case.

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For more than 15 years, the Simmons Hanly Conroy Foundation’s Employee Committee has organized an annual food drive to collect groceries and monetary donations for area food pantries. To date, the drive has generated thousands of pounds of food — and thousands of dollars — to benefit several organizations, including the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The Employee Committee also coordinates other annual events to collect money, food and clothing each year, including a golf tournament and a holiday Adopt-A-Family program.

Providing Pro Bono Legal Services

Both individually and on behalf of the firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy attorneys volunteer their legal services free of charge to assist a wide variety of people.

Our attorneys have helped:

  • Children and foster children
  • Domestic abuse victims
  • Immigrants
  • People who are homeless
  • Those seeking a second chance through expungement
  • U.S. military veterans

“Our attorneys and staff have donated countless pro bono hours dedicated to ensuring people from every walk of life have access to equitable justice,” said Assistant Managing Shareholder Amy Garrett.

Mesothelioma Lawyer FAQs

What is a mesothelioma lawyer?

A mesothelioma attorney helps people with mesothelioma and their families pursue compensation and justice for their injuries. In many cases, mesothelioma patients are able to recover the money they are owed without ever going to trial — and in some instances, without filing a lawsuit or even leaving their home.

Contact our mesothelioma lawyers in Chicago to learn more.

How do I choose a lawyer for mesothelioma?

When determining who to hire to file a mesothelioma lawsuit, you should look for the following qualities:

  • Decades of Experience: At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we’ve been successfully fighting for people injured through asbestos exposure for over two decades.
  • A Proven Track Record: Over the past 20 years, our nationwide attorneys have recovered more than $7 billion in verdicts and settlements for thousands of people affected by mesothelioma.

How much does a Chicago mesothelioma lawyer cost?

When you work with Simmons Hanly Conroy, you don’t have to pay any money out of pocket, because we work on a contingency basis. That means we don’t get paid unless we successfully recover financial compensation for you or your loved ones.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to see if you qualify for compensation.

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Attorney Kenneth P. Danzinger is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy with over 20 years of experience practicing law. He focuses his practice on helping individuals and families impacted by asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma.