According to the American Lung Association, approximately 541,000 Americans living today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point in their lives. In 2018, there were an estimated 234,030 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed.
If you have developed lung cancer and believe that it was due to toxic exposure and someone’s negligence, an Alaska lung cancer lawyer can review the circumstances surrounding your claim. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 217-6099 for a free case review and to learn about your legal rights.
Common Causes of Lung Cancer
While smoking is a significant cause of lung cancer, other factors may also cause lung cancer, such as:
Exposure to Radon
The American Lung Association reports that radon is responsible for approximately 10% of lung cancer cases, making it the second-leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarette smoke. Although radon occurs naturally in the earth, this gas can cause major health issues in high amounts and for extended periods of time.
Some people may have exposure to this radioactive substance at work, and unsafe conditions may cause a long-term hazard to an employee’s health, as explained by the American Cancer Society. Smoking and exposure to radon increase the likelihood of dying from lung cancer.
Exposure to Asbestos
Individuals exposed to asbestos are also more likely to develop mesothelioma, asbestosis, changes in the pleura, and pleural effusion. Lung cancer is another possibility of inhalation of asbestos fibers, and the cancer can take over a decade to occur, according to the American Cancer Society. Like radon, asbestos is often in workplaces, and employees may develop cancers due to someone’s negligence.
An Alaska Lung Cancer Lawyer Can Help
If you have received a cancer diagnosis, you may be experiencing loss of income, diminished quality of life, and medical expenses beyond your means. If the factors that led to your conditions were preventable, those responsible should pay for your losses. Contact our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. We will take a look at your personal injury case and help you with your claim for compensation.
Symptoms of Lung Cancer
The American Cancer Society identifies the following as the most common symptoms of lung cancer:
- A persistent or worsening cough, and/or a cough that produces blood
- Chest pain associated with deep breaths or similar actions
- Hoarse voice
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Recurring respiratory infections
The American Cancer Society also notes that lung cancer can spread to other parts of the body where it may cause bone pain, issues within the nervous system, and other problems.
Effects of Lung Cancer
People who develop lung cancer face many potential complications and effects that decrease their quality of life, including:
- Pain – Many cancer patients experience pain if the cancer spreads to the lining of their lungs or to a bone. Some forms of treatment may also be painful.
- Spread of cancer – One of the worst complications of lung cancer is when it spreads to other parts of the body. If the cancer metastasizes far enough, it can be fatal, and the only option may be to provide treatment to manage the symptoms while not eliminating them.
Even when patients survive lung cancer, their life may be significantly altered because of the disease. They may no longer be able to work or must work a less strenuous and lower-paying job. They may not be able to have fun at their favorite pastimes or be able to keep up with their kids or grandkids.
They may also experience debilitating pain that affects them on a daily basis. Costly medical bills from treatment, testing, and hospital visits can add up and add more pressure to an already stressful point in someone’s life.
An Alaska Lung Cancer Lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help
Our Alaska lung cancer lawyers are committed to helping you recover compensation if you have developed lung cancer due to dangerous products or toxins. We want to reduce the stress you have about paying for expensive medical care and making up for lost wages while you are away from work.
We have successfully tried and settled cases against big defendants and do not shy away from tough cases. We can access medical experts who can help establish the cause of your lung cancer and why the defendant is responsible for the damages you have suffered. We can also pursue compensation for your pain and suffering and time away from your loved ones.
When you retain our services, we take the time to ensure that you understand the claims process and answer any questions. We will advocate for you throughout this journey. We can offer our honest opinion about the potential value of your claim and discuss settlement options. Contact us to learn more.
Contact Us for a Free Case Review
If you have the feeling you were exposed to a toxin or developed lung cancer due to occupational or environmental factors, an Alaska lung cancer lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can review the circumstances of your cancer case and determine the legal options available to you. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you do not pay any attorney fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. We also offer a free case review for our new clients to discuss your legal rights and options. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 217-6099 to get started.