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Asbestos-related Personal Injury Claims

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is used to make insulation.  The inhalation of asbestos fibers can be incredibly toxic and can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis and a number of other medical problems.   If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos, you may have rights to recover compensation through a personal injury claim filed against any company that knowing exposed the public or its employees to asbestos.    According to according to RAND Corporation, asbestos-related lawsuits make up one of the longest, most expensive mass torts in U.S. history, with more than 730,000 claimants and 8,400 defendants as of 2002.

Asbestos litigation is toxic tort, which is a type of personal injury case that can be filed against a defendant who allegedly knowingly exposed the public or its employees to asbestos.   Generally, asbestos-related personal injury claims proceed under common law doctrines that require the plaintiff to prove that his or her medical problems were caused by the negligence of the defendant.

In order to have standing to pursue an asbestos-related lawsuit, a plaintiff must have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.  The two most common asbestos diseases are asbestosis, which is a chronic noncancerous lung disease, and mesothelioma, which is cancer of the lining of the lungs that has only been known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. 

Asbestos-related personal injury claims must be filed within a certain period of time.  These time limits are known as statutes of limitations.  Due to the time limitations, it is imperative to contact an experienced asbestos litigation attorney like those at Chicago-based Steinberg Goodman & Kalish.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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