Simmons Firm to Present Recent Simpkins Appeal During Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference in St. Louis

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What happens when a family member suffers from take-home asbestos exposure? The Simmons law firm will address the implications of a new Illinois Appellate Court decision that dealt with the responsibility of employers to warn the families of their employees about the dangers of take-home asbestos exposure.

The 5th District of the Appellate Court of Illinois ruled in June that employers have a duty to warn the families of their employees about the dangers from take home asbestos exposure.

The Simmons law firm will address the implications of a new Illinois Appellate Court decision it recently won during the upcoming “Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference” in St. Louis.

The 5th District of the Appellate Court of Illinois ruled in June that employers have a duty to warn the families of their employees about the dangers from take home asbestos exposure. Take home exposure occurs when an employee brings asbestos dust home from work, most often on his clothes or skin, thereby exposing his wife and children through traditional family interactions like laundry and playtime.

Firm asbestos attorney William Kohlburn, who worked closely on the case (Simpkins v. CSX Transportation No. 5-07-0346), will lead the workshop session which will investigate if the decision could lead to extending that duty to non-family members.

The Simmons firm, one of the leading asbestos and mesothelioma law firms in the country, is proud to be a major sponsor of the “Midwest Asbestos Litigation” conference, organized by Harris Martin on Sept. 23. The one-day conference will welcome hundreds of attorneys – plaintiff and defendant – from around the Midwest to learn about ongoing trends, like take home exposure, in asbestos litigation.

John Barnerd, Simmons firm partner, will serve as the conference’s co-chair and fulfill several duties throughout the day including moderating a judiciary panel featuring Judge Barbara Crowder of the Illinois Circuit Court in Edwardsville and Judge Harry Hanna of the Ohio Court of Common Pleas in Cleveland, Ohio as speakers.

Since 2002, Barnerd has dedicated his practice to representing victims of mesothelioma. This experience has instilled in him a thorough understanding of the personal, legal and financial challenges faced by mesothelioma victims. He has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients throughout the United States.

The firm’s Managing Partner Mike Angelides is also set to speak at the asbestos litigation conference. Angelides will help present an Illinois jurisdictional update pertaining to Madison County, which will cover such topics as case filings, Medicare order and standing order changes.

Over the last decade, Mike has helped recover millions of dollars on behalf of hundreds of clients suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers. Mike has extensive experience litigating personal injury and commercial cases in both federal and state courts.

To learn more or to register for the “Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference,” click here.

About the Simmons firm:
The Simmons firm, headquartered in East Alton, Ill., is one of the country’s leading asbestos and mesothelioma law firms. Headquartered in East Alton, Ill. with offices in St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta, the firm’s mesothelioma lawyers have represented over 2,000 patients and families affected by mesothelioma in nearly every state. The Simmons firm has pledged over $15 million to cancer research and proudly partners with top mesothelioma medical experts throughout the country in order to find a cure. For more information about the Simmons firm, visit http://www.simmonsfirm.com.

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