Lung Cancer Caused By Exposure To Asbestos
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, killing more Americans than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined
Medical researchers first made a probable causal relationship between asbestos exposure and lung cancer in 1935. Seven years later, in 1942, the National Cancer Institute confirmed asbestos as a cause of lung cancer.
Smoking is the primary cause in most lung cancer diagnoses, however about 4% of cases are traced back to asbestos exposure. Asbestos-related lung cancer is estimated to kill over 6,000 Americans per year, making it the most lethal of all asbestos-related illnesses.
There are two major types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer.
Most patients are diagnosed in the late stages because the symptoms of lung cancer — such as coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue — are often mistaken for other causes.
Do you qualify for financial compensation if you have lung cancer?
Patients who were exposed to asbestos at any time in their lives and were diagnosed with lung cancer may qualify to receive a significant financial settlement.
There may be no need to file a lawsuit or go to court to receive a settlement because companies who are liable for asbestos claims have already put aside over $30 billion into “asbestos trusts” to compensate those diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma. Even if the company is bankrupt, money may still be available to asbestos victims and their families.
Receiving compensation from the asbestos trusts may be easier and quicker with the help of an experienced asbestos attorney, who the Relion Group can help you find.
Smoking does not prevent an asbestos victim from filing a claim. If you are a current or former smokier, you may still be entitled to file an asbestos lung cancer claim.
Family members of asbestos victims may also qualify for compensation. Even if a loved one has already passed away due to asbestos lung cancer or mesothelioma, a spouse or a child may still be entitled to benefits from the asbestos trust funds.
Industries with the most risk of asbestos lung cancer
A sample list of occupations that have a higher risk for asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma:
- Auto mechanics
- Chemical plant workers
- Construction workers
- Factory workers
- Oil refinery workers
- Pipefitters and ductwork insulators
- Power plant workers
- Shipyard workers
- U.S. Navy workers
- Insulation manufacturers and installers
- Family members of asbestos workers
*Note: This is only a sample, other occupations may qualify for asbestos lung cancer settlements.