If you are wondering if lung cancer is always fatal, the answer is no. Studies conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that unless your doctor diagnosed you with stage 4 lung cancer, treatments may cure your lung cancer. If you receive a diagnosis of lung cancer in any of the first three stages, then you likely have at least a 15% chance of survival for five years, depending on how early you catch the illness and begin treatment. Therefore, lung cancer is not always fatal, although it can be.
The Symptoms of Lung Cancer
Another study done by the NIH shows that approximately 40% of lung cancer cases involve patients who only became aware of their cancer after it reached an advanced stage. Late diagnoses happen because lung cancer symptoms rarely show until more advanced stages of the disease. Some of the symptoms of lung cancer to keep in mind include:
- Bone pain.
- Coughing up blood.
- Chest pain.
- Persistent headaches.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- A persistent cough.
- Shortness of breath.
If you do have lung cancer, consider how you developed it, especially if you quit smoking in the past or have never smoked. You may have spent time in a building that exposed you to a toxic substance like asbestos or radon gas. If this is the case, you may be able to pursue a financial award from those responsible.
Asbestos Exposure Leading to Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
Despite its links to lung cancer, NIH reports that any home built before 1970 still contains some level of asbestos. The primary health conditions linked to asbestos include:
- Other forms of lung cancer aside from mesothelioma.
Asbestos resists corrosion and fire, and this property lends itself to certain building materials, such as some textured paints, vinyl flooring, and insulation in walls or around pipes. The popularity of asbestos in the manufacturing industry also puts certain professionals—such as construction workers, maintenance workers, and HVAC installers—at greater risk of exposure.
Anybody who lives or spends time near insulation or other materials containing asbestos may be at risk of developing lung cancer. If you believe asbestos played a role in your condition, a lawyer can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 217-6099
Radon Exposure Leading to Lung Cancer in Non-smokers
Radon gas—a radioactive carcinogen—presents little danger when released into the outdoors. When concentrated in indoor spaces, however, it may cause cancer, according to the NIH. Well-sealed rooms that do not ventilate at regular periods create the opportunity for an unsafe buildup of radon gas, which can cause lung cancer in those who regularly occupy such spaces.
Building managers, employers, and landlords have a responsibility to manage any space, including regularly testing for radon. If a responsible party neglects to test for radon gas and remove it when necessary, you may be able to hold them accountable for your radon-related lung cancer.
Asbestos- or Radon-Induced Lung Cancer May Qualify You for Compensation
If you believe a party’s negligence led to your exposure to asbestos or radon gas and resulted in your lung cancer, you have the right to seek legal representation to help you file a claim or lawsuit. Some of the services a lawyer may be able to provide include:
- Speaking with you in person or over the phone to document your account of events.
- Starting your legal case right away to comply with any relevant statutes of limitation.
- Collecting and archiving all available evidence of wrongdoing by the defendant in your case.
- Handling all legal responsibilities required to complete your case.
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process.
A favorable judgment could allow you to collect compensation for your losses.
Possible Awards in Your Case
Each asbestos or radon exposure case presents unique circumstances that make it impossible to guarantee compensation. Depending on your case, awarded compensation may cover:
- Medical expenses.
- Lost wages.
- Diminished earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages.
You may also qualify for additional awards if your case becomes a wrongful death claim.
Call a Lawyer Today
Our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to help you fight for the compensation you deserve and ensure that you do not experience any further damage. We believe in taking on tough cases. Our clients pay nothing out of pocket or up front, and we only collect a fee if we secure compensation for you.
Call us today at (800) 217-6099 for a free consultation. The sooner you call, the sooner we can begin working on your case to comply with any statutes of limitations.