Although most cases of lung cancer are due to smoking tobacco, non-smokers also contract this disease, often through exposure to toxic substances at no fault of their own.
Exposure to radon, asbestos, and other toxic substances can cause lung cancer. If you think that you or your loved one’s lung cancer may be due to toxic exposure, you could be eligible to receive financial compensation for your medical expenses and other losses.
The Missouri lung cancer lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you recover compensation. You can contact our team at (800) 217-6099 any time to set up a free consultation and learn more about your legal options for lung cancer. We work on contingency, so you will never owe us anything unless we can win a financial settlement for you.
Lung Cancer and Toxic Exposure
While smoking tobacco is the most common cause of lung cancer, there are many other carcinogenic substances that people can inhale that cause lung cancer. If another entity or person is responsible for your exposure to these substances, they could be held liable for your suffering.
Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Many non-smokers contract lung cancer due to the presence of radon in their homes and other buildings; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports 21,000 deaths per year in the United States due to radon presence in indoor air.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It forms when elements in rocks and soil, such as uranium and radium, break down. This gas can rise out from the earth and into buildings and wells, becoming trapped and entering the air you breathe. Since you cannot see, smell, or taste radon in the air, you could breathe it in for years without knowing until lung cancer symptoms start appearing.
Another frequent cause of lung cancer is exposure to asbestos, which is a group of natural fibers derived from minerals. These fibers can enter the air and your lungs when they break down or are exposed. Asbestos was a common component of thousands of products in the construction, shipping, railroad, and other industries for most of the 20th century. Although there are now strict regulations about the use of asbestos, it is not completely banned, and if you live in an older home, many products used to create your home could contain asbestos.
Exposure to other toxic substances can also cause lung cancer, such as secondhand smoke, air pollution, diesel fuel, and some chemicals. If you suffered exposure to radon, asbestos, or other toxic substances because of someone else’s fault and contracted lung cancer as a result, you may be able to receive financial compensation.
Parties who could be responsible for your lung cancer and owe you damages include:
- An employer
- A landlord
- A manufacturer
- A distributor
- A real estate agent
You can pursue damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit for your losses or a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one who died from lung cancer. To do so, you will need to prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, and you were harmed as a result.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team can gather evidence of how you suffered exposure to a toxic substance, obtain expert medical testimony about the cause of your cancer, and pursue compensation on your behalf. Our Missouri lung cancer lawyer may be able to help you receive full and fair compensation for all your losses due to lung cancer.
Time Limits for Lung Cancer Lawsuits
Civil lawsuits in every state are subject to that state’s statute of limitations, which is a law that places a time limit on your right to pursue legal action for an offense or wrongful event. The Missouri statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is five years, according to Missouri Revisor of Statutes (RSMo) §516.120. If you wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, the statute of limitations is three years, according to Missouri Revisor of Statutes (RSMo) §537.100.
Recoverable Damages for Your Lung Cancer Case
The types and amounts of damages (categories of financial compensation) that you may able to recover for lung cancer in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in Missouri will depend on your unique circumstances, but they include compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Lost earning capacity
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
A Missouri lung cancer lawyer can help you identify and calculate all the damages you may be entitled to. You have the legal right to pursue these damages because you should not have to suffer even further from a financial burden when someone causes you an injury.
The Team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Is Here to Help You
A lung cancer diagnosis can be extremely taxing both physically and emotionally. Instead of adding to your stress by trying to handle a legal case on your own, you can entrust your suit to the Missouri lung cancer lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm.
To help you receive the compensation you deserve, our team can investigate your situation, gather evidence of your exposure to radon, asbestos, or other toxic substances, and consult medical experts for their testimony on the cause of your cancer. We will handle all the necessary communication and paperwork so you and your family can focus on rest and recovery or mourning the loss of your loved one.
Since we work on contingency, you will never owe us any fees upfront, and you know we will do our best to help you because we do not get paid unless you do, too. Learn more about how we might be able to help you with your lung cancer case by calling (800) 217-6099 today.