Illinois ranks 7th in the nation for the number of mesothelioma and asbestosis-related deaths reported between 1999 and 2013, and there’s no mystery as to why so many of its residents have succumbed to these diseases. The state’s economic well-being has long relied on its industries, and many of them were built or based on asbestos.
Asbestos is a material that was used for decades in occupational settings ranging from shipyards and steel plants to oil refineries and manufacturing. The mineral, which has been identified as highly carcinogenic, was used to provide fire and heat-resistance to numerous applications, as well as to strengthen infrastructure applications, provide soundproofing, and more. Not only was asbestos used by Illinois’ oil refineries, power plants, and factories, but it also contaminated more than 350,000 tons of vermiculite that were sent to the state from the W.R. Grace vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana.
Tyler B. Wilke
Illinois is the home of numerous Superfund Sites designated for cleanup by the Environmental Protection Agency, and each of these presents significant health risks, both now and in the past. In the face of the devastating impact of asbestos, Illinois residents have the significant advantage of access to one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms. The Flint Law Firm is dedicated to its mission of representing those who have been injured as a result of others’ negligence, and this is particularly true for asbestos victims. The firm has a successful record of winning multi-million dollar verdicts for its clients, including a recent $10 million award against an asbestos fiber supplier and a $6 million verdict on behalf of an Illinois pipefitter.
Tyler B. Wilke
2864 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Tyler’s law practice is focused on representing victims of asbestos exposure. He has a highly personal approach that includes direct interaction with his clients and personal investigation of the details of their claims. Tyler is a lifelong resident of Illinois, having grown up in the city of Highland. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. He has been admitted to the state bars of Illinois and Missouri.