Chicago Teacher Wants Asbestos Answers

by Sokolove Law

A Chicago teacher wants information about possible asbestos exposures caused during 2006 renovation work in his school district.

The Chicago Tribune reports that fifth-grade teacher Steve Bartel has been asking the North Shore School District 112 some hard and unpopular questions. He wants the district to “come clean on the asbestos violations that have taken place over the years, and to let the public and the staff know what happened and not keep it quiet anymore.”

The district has been charged and fined after air quality and asbestos violations already, the story explained. Bartel has been asking district officials for years for detailed information about any individuals exposed to airborne asbestos. He hasn’t gotten his answers. “I can’t understand how they can be so insensitive to people having been exposed to fibers that are linked to asbestosis and mesothelioma, said Bartel. According to Bartel, he faced unanswered emails, unreturned phone calls, and has made Freedom of Information Act requests for documents.

He even recently appeared before the school board to raise the issue. The school district dismisses his complaints. A representative said: “Every project got clearance afterwards.”

Certainly, school districts aren’t immune to asbestos. As this blog recently noted, a 50-year-old United Kingdom mesothelioma patient traced her asbestos exposure back to a school renovation completed in the 1970s. Asbestos was widely used in school construction for high strength, low cost, and fireproofing properties. And it remains hidden in many schools today, where it poses a risk to anyone who inhales its fibers.

If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and developed an asbestos cancer such as malignant mesothelioma as a result, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call Sokolove Law today for a free asbestos lawsuit case evaluation.