Lung cancer is a serious and often terminal illness that is responsible for roughly 25% of all cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. This figure far outpaces deaths for any other type of cancer like breast, ovarian, colon, and others. Although smoking and secondhand smoke exposure are the leading causes of lung cancer, you can also develop the illness from environmental toxins like radon and asbestos.
Once a patient is diagnosed with lung cancer, they often have to undergo expensive, physically demanding treatments like surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. However, if your lung cancer is a result of asbestos or radon exposure, you may have a legal case against the manufacturer, property owner, distributor, or other entity responsible for exposing you. Compensation for your suffering can help ease the financial stress of you or your loved one’s diagnosis.
A Mississippi lung cancer lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can advise you about your options for litigation if you have received a lung cancer diagnosis. Reach out to our team for more information about lung cancer and its connection to radon and asbestos exposure. We are here at (800) 217-6099 to offer free, no-obligation consultations about your case.
Lung Cancer and Exposure to Radon or Asbestos
Radon exposure is second only to smoking as a cause of lung cancer. Radon is a naturally occurring but radioactive chemical that forms during the breakdown of radium, uranium, and thorium.
Because radon is colorless, odorless, and does not undergo chemical reactions, it is very difficult to know when you have been exposed. However, cancer-causing exposure almost always happens indoors, since radon disperses quickly in the open air. If you are in an improperly protected office, school, apartment, or other structure, you may be at risk for radon exposure.
Asbestos is a type of silicate mineral that was used in building materials because of its fire-resistant properties. Manufacturers included asbestos in a variety of products like insulation, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, and cement sheets that are still present in many structures today. Made of thin, microscopic fibers, asbestos is also extremely difficult to detect in the air.
The use of asbestos was prevalent in the United States throughout most of the 20th century until asbestos regulations in the 1970s and 1980s curbed its use. However, as of 2020, there is still not a full ban on asbestos in the United States, and many consumer products still contain small amounts of the mineral.
Cancer from asbestos or radon exposure can occur when either substance enters your lungs, causing gradual mutations to the cells. Lung cancer from asbestos typically happens over long periods of exposure, such as working as a drywall remover in buildings where asbestos is prevalent. However, even a minimal amount of airborne asbestos can pose health risks. Since radon is a naturally occurring gas, it can seep from the earth into buildings through cracks or holes in the structure or foundation.
If you or your loved one’s lung cancer from radon or asbestos exposure was due to someone else’s negligence or failure to adhere to regulations, you might be entitled to financial compensation to cover medical costs and payment for pain and suffering.
After consulting with an attorney, they can help investigate your case, determine the best way to recover your losses, and conduct the appropriate legal action. Reach out to the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free consultation, and we will help you get started.
A legal action for asbestos- or radon-related lung cancer can help you recover damages for losses like the following:
- Medical costs
- Funeral costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Lost essential services
- Loss of consortium
- Various out-of-pocket expenses
Lung cancer from asbestos or radon is often attributable to an asbestos manufacturer, the owner of a property where asbestos or radon was improperly maintained, or another legally responsible entity. If this is the case for your illness or your loved one’s death, you deserve to be compensated. A Mississippi lung cancer lawyer can ensure that the financial burden of lung cancer does not fall on you or your family.
How the Statute of Limitations Can Affect Your Case
Each state has laws called statutes of limitations that specify the time frames in which you can pursue legal action for an offense. Your ability to recover damages for wrongful lung cancer in Mississippi is laid out in House Bill 1257 §15-1-49, which allows just three years for pursuing personal injury action. For wrongful death due to negligence, the statute of limitations is also three years.
Although rare, there are exceptions to this statute, so even if you were diagnosed with or your loved one died from lung cancer over three years ago, you can still consult with a lung cancer lawyer to review your case.
How the Team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help You
The team at Pintas & Mullins is here to help you get the financial compensation you deserve. We understand that a lung cancer diagnosis can lead to painful and costly medical treatments. These expenses can be burdensome even if you have health insurance, and the emotional difficulty just adds to the pressure. However, your family’s emotional and financial well-being is of the utmost importance to us, and we are here to provide services such as:
- Identifying the cause of you or your loved one’s lung cancer and compiling evidence to support the conclusion
- Identifying the responsible parties
- Determining the damages for which you can receive compensation
- Consulting with medical professionals and reviewing your medical documentation to identify radon or asbestos as the cause of your lung cancer
- Pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit for you and your family
- Negotiating with responsible parties to get you the compensation you deserve
Since legal actions for personal injury or wrongful death are time-sensitive, do not wait to contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to see if a Mississippi lung cancer lawyer can help you with your case. Our consultations are free, and we only get paid if and when we win you a settlement, which means no fees are due upfront. Call the team at (800) 217-6099 to learn your options and how we can best help you.