Can You Sue for Lung Cancer Caused By Asbestos?
- Casey Hamm
- August 14, 2019
If you have an asbestos-related lung disease or lung cancer caused by asbestos, you may have a right to file a claim or lawsuit. Every state has its own rules about who qualifies to pursue damages through asbestos litigation, including what criteria you must meet and the deadlines that apply in your case.
If you can provide evidence to link your recently diagnosed cancer to asbestos exposure, you should be able to file a lawsuit against the asbestos manufacturer or another liable party.
At Zanes Law, we can explain the other criteria that apply and explain your options for going after the payout you need to pay for treatment, ongoing care costs, lost wages, and more.
Asbestos Exposure Can Cause Several Types of Lung Cancer
Exposure and inhalation of asbestos, usually at work, has a significant link to an increased risk of developing several different types of lung cancer. Many of those who suffer from or are at risk of developing asbestos-related lung cancer regularly worked in conditions where they breathed in a lot of these fibers.
In some cases, family members of those who lived with asbestos workers can get asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, or other asbestos-related conditions. It usually takes at least 15 years between a person’s first exposure to these fibers and the diagnosis of an asbestos-related lung cancer.
Some Industries Put Workers at an Increased Risk for Asbestos-Related Cancers
According to the National Cancer Institute, workers in some industries are at an increased risk of this type of cancer because of the levels of asbestos they encounter in their work. This includes:
- Asbestos mining and milling
- Manufacturing of asbestos and asbestos-containing products
- Insulation work in the construction industry
- Demolition workers
- Drywall removers
- Asbestos mitigation
Smoking is also a big risk factor for getting asbestos-related lung cancer. It greatly increases your overall risk of cancer, but smokers who are also asbestos workers or have high levels of exposure for other reasons are among the most at-risk.
You May Be Eligible to Recover Damages for Your Lung Cancer Caused by Asbestos
Asbestos-related lung cancers are expensive to treat, and that is before considering the additional care and support you may need, the time away from work, and other expenses and losses. You could have medical bills that hit six figures in the first few months alone.
One reason it is so expensive to treat asbestos-related lung cancers, mesothelioma, and other asbestos cancers is that the most effective approach is often a multimodal treatment plan. It is difficult to catch these diseases early, and once they progress from the earliest stages, the best option to fight them is a combination of conventional treatments, often surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Talk to an Attorney Today Who Can Help You Understand Your Legal Options
The Zanes Law team can help you understand your rights if you have asbestos-related lung cancer. We know how the laws apply to your case in your state and can help you understand the best way to build a case and fight for a payout on your behalf. In some cases, we may be able to pursue damages and reach a settlement out of court, or we may need to file a lawsuit.
Our team offers free, no-obligation reviews of cases like yours, and helps our clients navigate asbestos litigation to recover the damages they need and deserve. Call us today at (866) 499-8989. A mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer lawyer can review your case and sign you up for services in the same call, or we can meet in person to discuss your case at your home or hospital room.
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