Lung Cancer Lawyers and Lawsuit
Trusted Personal Injury Attorneys in Chicago Since 1985
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States,
claiming more lives each year than breast, ovarian, colon, and prostate
cancers combined. As many assume, smoking - both direct and secondhand
- is the major cause of lung cancers. Lung cancer is actually increasing
among people who have never smoked, however. Asbestos is a main driver
of lung cancer, among smokers and nonsmokers alike.
Whether from asbestos, cigarette smoke or radon exposure, carcinogens that
enter the lungs change the tissue almost immediately. Initially, the body
is able to repair the damage naturally, but with repeated exposure, normal
cells are chronically damaged, which eventually enables cancer cells to
develop and spread.
Those exposed to radon in the workplace may be particularly confused about
their lung cancer diagnosis, and have many questions about how and why
they were exposed. Other chemicals known to cause cancer include: arsenic,
asbestos, chromium, and nickel.
We Travel Throughout the U.S. to Represent our Clients
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with lung cancer, speak with a Chicago
lung cancer attorney from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm about your legal
options. Our skilled advocates represent clients in all 50 states and
can travel across the nation to help guide you through the legal process.
Our team has handled 10,000+ cases, has 50+ years of combined experience,
and has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injury victims throughout
the U.S. We join forces with top litigation firms across the country,
creating a multi-firm approach for the strongest possible case.
Get award-winning advocacy today when you call Pintas & Mullins Law
Firm at (800) 912-8555.
Lung Cancer Caused by Radon Exposure
Exposure to a radioactive gas known as radon is the second-leading cause
of lung cancer. Radon gas is produced by the natural breakdown of the
uranium in soil, water, and rock, and can cause cancer even at relatively
Radon is often found in basements of residential and commercial buildings,
or in garden-level apartments. Experts recognize soil gas infiltration
as the most significant cause of residential radon exposure, but it can
also diffuse into the air or contaminate groundwater. Most hardware stores
carry radon testing kits to determine if the radon levels in your home
or office are unsafe.
A brief history of understanding the danger of radon exposure:
- In the 1950s, scientists found that underground workers mining for uranium
were dying from lung cancer at extremely high rates.
- By the 1980s, it was clear the risk was also present in homes.
- In 2009, the World Health Organization officially stated that radon is
a global health risk and released a handbook on indoor radon, which can
be found at the bottom of this page. Experts assert that most cases of
radon-induced lung cancers are caused by low-to-medium dose exposures.
Lung Cancer Caused by Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos is the only known cause of a very specific type of cancer known
as mesothelioma, which often affects the lungs. You can learn more about
mesothelioma cancer and exposure to asbestos, a white fiber-like material
throughout our website. Our Chicago mesothelioma attorneys at Pintas &
Mullins Law Firm are more than prepared to handle mesothelioma and asbestos-related
Types & Stages of Lung Cancer
There are three general types of lung cancer:
Non-small cell lung cancer: By far the most common type of lung cancer. This is an umbrella term
for many different types of lung cancer that behave similarly.
Small cell lung cancer: Also called "oat cell cancer," this type accounts for about
10% to 15% of lung cancers and spreads rapidly. This type of lung cancer
occurs almost exclusively in smokers.
Lung carcinoid tumor: Extremely rare, this category is sometimes referred to as "lung
neuroendocrine tumors." These grow slowly and rarely spread.
Doctors inform lung cancer patients that the likelihood of long-term survival
is determined by what stage the cancer is in on a scale from I to IV,
the patient's overall health status, and the outcome of the first
The stages of lung cancer are:
Stage I lung cancer is confined to the lung, without any lymph node involvement. It can typically
be treated and removed with surgery.
Stage II lung cancer is confined to the lungs and the lymph nodes within the lungs. Second-stage
patients often undergo surgery combined with a chemotherapy regimen.
Stage III lung cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the middle of the chest, and patients
may experience fluid in the lungs. Treatments for Stage III vary, but
often involve some combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy,
ideally done together.
Stage IV lung cancer is the most serious type, involving cancer that has spread outside the
chest and into other organs, such as the liver, brain or bones. Treatment
for Stage IV cancers are not considered curative; the goal at this point
is to shrink the tumor and try to control the disease to buy as much time
as possible for the patient.
We Can Help. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for Compassionate Legal Advocacy
Our approach at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is to guide our clients through
the process of filing a lung cancer lawsuit-to educate and inform them
about the nature of the process. We introduce our clients to our network
of dedicated legal professionals, who assist in a variety of ways. We
are always available to travel to our client's home to address any questions
A lung cancer diagnosis is a pivotal and frightening time in one's
life. We find that when clients see the capability of our legal staff
firsthand, many of their fears are alleviated. We know how complicated
and stressful a lung cancer diagnosis is, and that it is something clients
have likely never been through before. Knowing this, we focus our services
on the needs of each individual client.
For more information, or to arrange a free case evaluation, call a Chicago
lung cancer attorney at (800) 912-8555. We travel nationwide to provide