Table of Contents
- 1 Diagnosed With Lung Cancer Caused by Asbestos?
- 2 How Is Asbestos Determined as the Cause of Lung Cancer?
- 3 What Are the Ties Between Asbestos and Lung Cancer?
- 4 Compensation for Asbestos Lung Cancer Victims
- 5 Mesothelioma Vs. Asbestos Lung Cancer
- 6 Our Asbestos Lawyers Are Here to Help After a Lung Cancer Diagnosis
Diagnosed With Lung Cancer Caused by Asbestos?
You Shouldn’t Have to Bear This Burden Alone
A lung cancer diagnosis weighs heavy on both a patient and a family.
You may be facing the prospect of difficult surgeries and dreading the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Meanwhile, you also have to decide how to handle the financial burdens brought on by this devastating disease.
If you worked with or around asbestos in your younger years, your lung cancer may have been caused by exposure to this deadly material.
And the asbestos companies that failed to warn you of its danger should be held responsible.
The nationally recognized asbestos lung cancer lawyers at Belluck & Fox have helped clients and their families recover more than $1 billion in compensation.
Our skilled legal team has over 20 years of experience working on complicated asbestos litigation cases, and we have made it our mission to hold large corporations accountable for the harm they have done.
Schedule a free case consultation now, and a partner in our firm will call you within the next 24 hours to talk about the details of your case.
Our firm is committed to personalized customer service, and we will meet with you and your family anywhere in the United States to make this process as easy as possible on you.
How Is Asbestos Determined as the Cause of Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is generally thought of as being tied to smoking. However, asbestos is a known carcinogen and has also been shown to cause lung cancer.
Your lung cancer may have been caused by asbestos if:
- You have had occupational exposure to asbestos.
- At least 10 years has passed between the time of your initial asbestos exposure and the cancer diagnosis.
What Are the Ties Between Asbestos and Lung Cancer?
Asbestos can be found in both industrial building products and household materials. For those who frequently worked with asbestos, either directly or in areas where the dangerous material was being used, inhalation of asbestos fibers was common.
This exposure increases a person’s risk of developing asbestos lung cancer.
A person’s risk for developing lung cancer increases up to 4 percent for each year he or she was exposed to asbestos.
That means those who spent their careers working around asbestos ─ such as industrial workers, construction workers, veterans, and mechanics ─ are at a much greater risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer.
However, there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Even those with limited exposure can develop asbestos-related diseases.
Asbestos companies that failed to warn workers of the danger of their products can be held responsible for the damage they have caused.
Contact us today to learn about what types of compensation you may be entitled to.
Compensation for Asbestos Lung Cancer Victims
The knowledgeable New York asbestos lung cancer lawyers at Belluck & Fox will thoroughly review your work history or service history to determine which companies were responsible for exposing you to asbestos.
In general, these will be manufacturers of dangerous asbestos products, rather than your former employer or the military.
Once we identify the liable party (or parties), we will demand compensation that could include:
- Payment for medical bills related to your asbestos cancer, including treatments you may need in the future
- Compensation for lost income, also accounting for reduced earning potential
- Awards for your pain and suffering
Call or contact us online to schedule a free case consultation, and learn about your options for pursuing the compensation you need after an asbestos lung cancer diagnosis.
Mesothelioma Vs. Asbestos Lung Cancer
Mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer share similar symptoms and treatment options, but they are two different types of cancer.
- Mesothelioma is cancer found in the mesothelium tissue that lines the chest cavity, lungs, abdominal cavity, abdominal organs, heart, and testicles. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma.
- Lung cancer affects the lung itself and can also be caused by smoking.
The type of cancer that develops from asbestos exposure is determined by where microscopic asbestos fibers lodge once they are inhaled (sticking in the mesothelium tissue vs. in the lung).
Types of Lung Cancer Mesothelioma Tied to Asbestos
Asbestos can cause various types of lung cancer. The types are typically divided into:
- Small-cell lung cancer, which makes up only 10 percent to 15 percent of cases and is sometimes referred to as “oat cell” cancer
- Non-small-cell lung cancer, which makes up the majority of cases and includes squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large-cell carcinoma
Asbestos Lung Cancer Symptoms
Symptoms of lung cancer may not appear until the disease has progressed, so it’s important to see a doctor as soon as you suspect that something might be wrong.
The National Cancer Institute warns that asbestos lung cancer symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- An ongoing cough that gets worse
- Blood in fluid coughed up from the lungs
- Problems swallowing
- Pain in the chest
- Swelling in the neck or face
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
When you see a doctor about your symptoms, be sure to explain your history of asbestos exposure. The doctor may order a lung biopsy, a bronchoscopy, or other tests to detect asbestos fibers in the lung.
Treatment for Asbestos Lung Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer, your doctor will help you develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. Asbestos lung cancer treatment options may include:
- Targeted drug therapy
- Clinical trials
Unfortunately, treatment for asbestos lung cancer can take a heavy toll on a patient, both physically and financially.
Our compassionate New York asbestos lung cancer lawyers strive to ease that burden by moving quickly to pursue the compensation you need, so you can focus on your health, not your bills.
Our Asbestos Lawyers Are Here to Help After a Lung Cancer Diagnosis
At Belluck & Fox, our dedicated asbestos attorneys take a holistic approach to client service because we know that no amount of money can undo what’s been done. We strive to make the process as easy on you and your family as possible by:
- Traveling to meet you wherever is most convenient
- Connecting you with doctors, caregivers, and patients who can give you much-needed advice
- Showing you and your family the compassion and respect you deserve during this difficult process
Visit our Law firm in New York City today.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to talk about how our experienced asbestos lung cancer attorneys can be of service to you and your family. Contact us now to get started.