Mesothelioma & Asbestos Law Firm In Illinois


Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a nationally recognized mesothelioma law firm with strong knowledge and a long history of successful mesothelioma and asbestos cases in Illinois. ELSM has represented clients from Peoria to Waukegan, supporting families in many Illinois cities and towns. ELSM has a solid record for handling Illinois mesothelioma litigation and achieving top settlements for its clients.

Filing Mesothelioma Lawsuits in Illinois

Typically, individuals with mesothelioma or their families can file an asbestos claim in any state where they have lived, worked, or served in the military. Even if you are not currently residing, employed or stationed in Illinois, you may still be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim if the relevant asbestos exposure took place within the state.

Our experienced attorneys can help you choose the most suitable venue for your mesothelioma lawsuit in Illinois. We can also offer advice about the most advantageous court in which to submit your claim.

Our Illinois Office

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

156 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025


Mesothelioma Compensation in Illinois

In Illinois, those impacted by mesothelioma have multiple options for pursuing compensation, including:

  • Personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits
  • Asbestos trust fund claims
  • Workers' compensation

The compensation obtained can assist in covering medical bills, lost income, and other expenses related to the disease.

It's important to understand that Illinois has specific laws and regulations concerning asbestos litigation, including time limits known as statutes of limitations for filing claims. Therefore, it's essential to work with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer who is well-versed in these laws to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you're entitled to. Our team of dedicated asbestos lawyers brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to guide you through the legal process.

Meet Our Mesothelioma Lawyers

Our team includes some of the nation’s most experienced mesothelioma lawyers who are passionate about advocating for victims of asbestos exposure.

Illinois Statute of Limitations for Mesothelioma

In Illinois, the statute of limitations for mesothelioma and asbestos claims is 2 years from date of diagnosis. For wrongful death claims, victims’ families have 2 years from the time a loved one passes away to file their claim, according to the statute.

Because there is only a short time to gather evidence and file a claim, mesothelioma victims in Illinois and their families should contact a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible after diagnosis or death. Failing to act before the statute of limitations runs out could result in a loss of rights to compensation for you or your family.

Settlements for Mesothelioma Clients Living in Illinois

Please note that individual cases vary based upon a number of factors, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. If you have any questions about your legal rights, please contact our legal team.

State Disease Occupation / Exposure Age ~ Monies to Date
IL Mesothelioma Navy / Mechanic 59 ~$5,000,000
IL Mesothelioma Army / Engineer 64 ~$4,200,000
IL Mesothelioma Maintenance Mechanic 75 ~$3,500,000
IL Mesothelioma HVAC / Plantworker 80 ~$3,400,000
IL Mesothelioma Electrician 60 ~$3,100,000
IL Mesothelioma Pipefitter / Construction 84 ~$3,100,000
IL Mesothelioma Plantworker 63 ~$2,900,000
IL Mesothelioma Machinist 65 ~$2,900,000
IL Mesothelioma Plantworker / Laborer 64 ~$2,800,000
IL Mesothelioma Maintenance / Powerhouse 72 ~$2,800,000
IL Mesothelioma Navy / Pipefitter 75 ~$2,700,000
IL Mesothelioma Engineer / Laborer 81 ~$2,600,000

Job Sites in Illinois with Documented Mesothelioma Cases

The highest-risk place for asbestos exposure in Illinois is in the workplace. Inhaling asbestos while on the job can lead to severe health complications, including mesothelioma. Thousands of major jobsites throughout Illinois have put unsuspecting workers at risk for exposure to asbestos.

ELSM mesothelioma lawyers have represented clients who worked at the following major job sites in Illinois:

  • Allied Chemical Company - Chicago
  • American Steel Foundries, Inc. - Granite City
  • Amoco Oil Refinery - Joliet
  • Caterpillar Tractor Company - Peoria
  • Commonwealth Edison Company - Chicago
  • Dresden Nuclear Power Plant - Morris
  • General Motors - Danville
  • Great Lakes Naval Station - Chicago
  • Inland Steel Company - Chicago
  • International Harvester - Peoria
  • John Deere Wiman - Moline
  • Johns Manville, Inc - Waukegan
  • Monsanto Chemical Company - Sauget
  • O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - Chicago
  • Sears Tower - Chicago
  • Shell Oil Company - Wood River
  • Standard Oil Company - Chicago
  • U.S. Steel South Works Plant - Chicago
  • Wisconsin Steel Corp - Chicago
  • Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company - Chicago

ELSM Clients Living in Illinois

The lawyers of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen have represented mesothelioma clients all over the state of Illinois — from Chicago to Rockford to Peoria and more. Our clients live in the towns and cities of Illinois listed below:

Top Illinois Cities and Towns Where ELSM Clients Live

Albion, IL 1 Alton, IL 1
Antioch, IL 1 Arlington Heights, IL 2
Aurora, IL 2 Barrington, IL 1
Bartonville, IL 1 Batavia, IL 1
Bloomingdale, IL 1 Bolingbrook, IL 2
Bourbonnais, IL 1 Buffalo Grove, IL 1
Burbank, IL 1 Carbondale, IL 1
Champaign, IL 1 Chicago, IL 13
Collinsville, IL 1 Country Club Hills, IL 1
Crete, IL 1 Cullom, IL 1
Danville, IL 1 Decatur, IL 2
Des Plaines, IL 2 East Moline, IL 1
Elgin, IL 1 Elmwood Park, IL 1
Evanston, IL 1 Fairfield, IL 1
Farmer City, IL 1 Genoa, IL 2
German Valley, IL 1 Hanna City, IL 1
Hawthorn Woods, IL 1 Highwood, IL 1
Hillsdale, IL 1 Homer Glen, IL 1
Huntley, IL 1 Johnsburg, IL 2
Joliet, IL 2 Keyesport, IL 1
Lake Villa, IL 1 Lake Zurich, IL 1
Lawrenceville, IL 1 Le Roy, IL 1
Libertyville, IL 2 Lombard, IL 1
Loves Park, IL 2 Lovington, IL 1
Lyons, IL 1 Manteno, IL 2
Markham, IL 1 Mattoon, IL 1
McHenry, IL 1 Midlothian, IL 1
Morton, IL 1 Mount Morris, IL 1
Murphysboro, IL 1 Murrayville, IL 1
Naperville, IL 5 New Lenox, IL 1
Norridge, IL 2 North Aurora, IL 1
Northwoods, IL 1 Oak Lawn, IL 1
O'Fallon, IL 1 Oglesby, IL 1
Orland Park, IL 1 Ottawa, IL 1
Park Ridge, IL 2 Pekin, IL 1
Peoria, IL 3 Plainfield, IL 1
Robinson, IL 1 Rock Island, IL 1
Rockford, IL 4 Salem, IL 2
Sherman, IL 1 South Barrington, IL 1
Sparland, IL 1 Sparta, IL 1
Stockton, IL 1 Sugar Grove, IL 2
Thebes, IL 1 Tremont, IL 1
Troy, IL 1 Villa Park, IL 1
Wadsworth, IL 1 Washington, IL 1
Waukegan, IL 1 West Chicago, IL 1
West Dundee, IL 1 Wheaton, IL 2
Woodridge, IL 1

Total number of Illinois towns and cities represented by ELSM: 93

Illinois Asbestos Laws

As a top state for asbestos litigation, Illinois has established specific procedures for these lawsuits. Illinois fast-tracks cases involving terminally ill people, which can include asbestos-related illnesses. This specialized track, called the "rocket docket", can allow mesothelioma cases to move from filing to trial within six months. This contributes to Illinois’ high numbers of non-resident filings.

The state of Illinois has also implemented specific laws and regulations to manage and control asbestos exposure, aiming to protect both the people and the environment. These laws are enforced by various state departments, including the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Illinois Department of Public Health oversees the licensing of workers and contractors involved in asbestos management and abatement in schools, commercial or public buildings. All licenses expire annually, with Workers' licenses expiring on February 1 and all others on May 15. Contractors are held responsible for conducting asbestos abatement projects.

The Illinois EPA Asbestos Unit (under authority assigned by the United States EPA) enforces the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). This unit is dedicated to protecting residents of Illinois and the environment from asbestos exposure resulting from demolition, renovation and disposal.

The state also provides resources and guidelines for managing asbestos in buildings, including compliance with NESHAP regulations and other applicable laws.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sue for mesothelioma in Illinois?

Yes, you can sue for mesothelioma in Illinois. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties. An experienced mesothelioma lawyer can guide you through the process and help you understand your legal options.

How do I file a mesothelioma claim in Illinois?

Filing a mesothelioma claim in Illinois involves several steps. First, you should contact an experienced mesothelioma lawyer. Your lawyer can assist you with gathering all relevant medical records and evidence of your asbestos exposure, file a formal lawsuit in the appropriate court, and handle all aspects of the legal process.

What is the statute of limitations for mesothelioma claims in Illinois?

In Illinois, the statute of limitations for mesothelioma claims is 2 years. This means you have 2 years from the date of your mesothelioma diagnosis to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you're filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one who has passed away from mesothelioma, you have 2 years from the date of death to file the lawsuit.

Can family members of mesothelioma victims file a claim in Illinois?

Yes, family members of mesothelioma victims can file a claim in Illinois. If your loved one has passed away from mesothelioma, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This can help recover compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, and other damages. It's recommended to consult with an experienced asbestos law firm to understand your rights and the legal process.

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