Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuits

Billions available for victims of lung cancer from asbestos exposure.

Lung cancer is the most dangerous form of cancer in the United States with over 10,000 deaths each year.

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Lung Cancer from Asbestos

Lung cancer is the most dangerous form of cancer in the United States, affecting more people each year than breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer combined. 

Now, experts have identified that around 10,000 lung cancer deaths each year are likely caused by exposure to asbestos. 

The tiny fibers that make up asbestos were used in thousands of products over the past half-century, and put millions of workers at risk of exposure. 

And, although most use of asbestos stopped in the 1980s, it remains in many older products and buildings, leaving workers at risk without knowing the dangers.

If you or a loved one developed lung cancer after exposure to asbestos at work or in the home, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. Contact us today.

Do You Qualify for a Lawsuit?

Lung cancer victims who can show that their condition was caused by an identifiable exposure to asbestos may be able to recover compensation in the form or lawsuits or claims against asbestos victim funds. 

Although many of the companies responsible for putting asbestos-laden products into the work environment have filed for bankruptcy, most of them were required to create special victim funds before they did so. 

These funds allow those diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis after exposure to asbestos to file claims for substantial compensation. 

In order to qualify for a lawsuit or fund claim, victims must show:

  1. Medical records or a diagnosis establishing that they have lung cancer, mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.
  2. A statement by a qualified doctor confirming the diagnosis.
  3. Evidence to show that the victim was repeatedly exposed to asbestos at work facilities or by coming into contact with products containing asbestos. This can include employment records, receipts or witness statements.
  4. Medical evidence showing that asbestos has contributed to the underlying condition.

While it may seem overwhelming to gather the evidence necessary to file a lawsuit, a qualified asbestos lawyer can help investigate your case, prepare the records, and file a claim with little effort on your part. 

Contact us today to speak with a lawyer who can help identify your exposure and discuss your legal options.

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Asbestos Lung Cancer Timeline

The Timeline Leading to Lung Cancer Lawsuits

2019
Jan
Australian study identifies increased risk of lung cancer as exposure to asbestos increases.
2015
May
RAND Institute for Civil Justice reports that asbestos bankruptcy trusts still have an estimated $30 billion in funds to pay victim claims after already paying $20 billion.
2013
April
Queens College study finds the chances of developing lung cancer after exposure to asbestos are dramatically increased when victims also smoke tobacco, and stopping smoking can significantly reduce the risks.
2006
United States Gypsum establishes a record $3.9 billion fund for victims of asbestos.
1988
Johns-Manville sets aside $2.5 billion to establish the first asbestos trust for victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Exposure at Work

The most common way people are exposed to asbestos is through occupational exposure at work.

How Were You Exposed to Asbestos?

In addition to occupational exposure, many common building products that were used in older buildings or houses are still in place today, putting unsuspecting homeowners and remodelers at risk.  

The majority of asbestos materials were used in the shipbuilding, factory, heavy equipment, fire and construction industries. Therefore, those at highest risk for exposure include people who worked in:

  • US Navy
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Shipyards
  • Factories
  • Manual Labor
  • Firefighting
  • Skilled Trade

Additionally, many older houses or buildings constructed before the 1980s still contain asbestos building materials. When these products are cut, sanded, drilled or disturbed, they can release dangerous asbestos fibers into the air for inhalation. 

Some of the materials or products in buildings or around the home that most commonly contain asbestos include:

  • Cement
  • Roof Shingles
  • Steam Pipes
  • Ceiling & Floor Tiles
  • Textured Paint
  • Spray-on Insulation
  • Textured Popcorn Ceilings
  • Textured Popcorn Ceilings
  • Brake Dust

If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer after working in any of these trades or environments, it’s important to speak with an attorney who can help identify your source of exposure and determine your rights for a claim.

The Effects of Lung Cancer

When a person inhales asbestos over an extended time, microscopic fibers can build up in their lung tissue. After years of exposure, these fibers can cause damage to our cells or DNA through inflammation and genetic changes, leading to growth of cancer cells. 

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases can take from 15 to 35 years after exposure to develop, making it incredibly hard to identify the source. 

Some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood.

In addition, certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of asbestos lung cancer, such as:

  • Length and intensity of asbestos exposure
  • Genetics
  • Smoking history
  • Overall health.

The prognosis and treatment required for lung cancer can depend on the type and stage of the cancer, as well as how early it is detected. Therefore it is important that anyone exposed to asbestos in the past receive regular medical checkups.

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Which Asbestos Lawyer is Best for Your Case?

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with lung cancer, it’s important to find out if asbestos exposure was a factor.  

A lawyer can investigate your case, reviewing your employment history to detect asbestos risks you may not have known about. However, there’s only a limited amount of time to file a claim. 

Fortunately, it’s easy to get help and file a claim if you qualify, and you won’t pay anything unless you receive an award. Also, the right lawyer can handle most aspects of your case without you ever having to leave your home or attend court hearings.  

DrugNews makes it easy to speak directly with a lawyer or patient advocate today to learn more about your options. And, we work only with the top attorneys and law firms that have successfully handled thousands of product liability lawsuits against the largest companies.

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