Asbestos has been largely phased out of society ever since the Environmental Protection Agency outlawed most forms of it in the Clean Air Act of 1973. However, the Act did not outlaw asbestos completely, and the United States remains one of the few developed nations without a total asbestos ban in place.
As a result of past and present use of asbestos in various industries, exposure to the fibrous and heat-resistant material remains a huge cause of lung cancer. If a doctor diagnosed you or a loved one with lung cancer, and you believe that exposure to asbestos may be a causal or contributing factor, we can help. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 217-6099 for a free case review.
Know Where Asbestos Is Likely to Be Found
Asbestos is a useful material, as it is naturally resistant to heat and corrosion, and used to be the obvious choice in the construction of buildings of all sorts. Asbestos is generally not thought to be dangerous unless you breathe it in or swallow it.
According to PBS, asbestos is thought to be present in as many as 30 million homes. Reports estimate that the United States imported an estimated 6,000 tons of asbestos since 2011. Though asbestos is generally thought to be safe unless it frays and releases particles that can be inhaled or swallowed, this is a risk that many are not willing to take. You can find asbestos in some of the following places:
- Vinyl flooring
- Attic and wall insulation
- Pipe insulation
- Furnaces with asbestos insulation
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Certain types of roofing and shingles
- Car parts, particularly brake pads
- More sources are possible, as well
These are just a few of the asbestos-containing materials that could cause lung cancer. If your realtor or home inspector did not notify you that parts of your home contained asbestos, and you or your loved ones develop lung disease, including cancer, you may be entitled to financial awards.
Asbestos Remains a Driving Cause of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure is a serious matter. While smoking and radon are the primary causes of lung cancer today, thousands of people die from asbestos-related lung cancer each year. A CDC report on malignant mesothelioma (an asbestos-caused cancer) stated that more than 2,500 people died from mesothelioma in 2015.
Three primary lung diseases arise from breathing or ingesting asbestos. They are:
- Mesothelioma, for which asbestos is the only known cause
- Lung cancer
- Asbestosis, a non-cancerous disease that includes severe scarring of the lungs
If you have developed any of these diseases, then you may be entitled to financial compensation depending on the details of your case. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 217-6099 to discuss how we can help.
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If You Suffered Exposure to Asbestos Without Warning, Call a Lawyer
Asbestos is more present than most people realize, despite its links to lung cancer and other serious health conditions. According to the EPA, you can find asbestos in most of the places where we spend the majority of our time, including:
You can also find it in several of our most important resources, some of which are ingested or breathed. These include:
- Drinking water
If you have suffered from lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure, a lawyer can help you formulate your case. They can assist by speaking with medical professionals to show your cancer was likely the result of asbestos exposure.
Awards You May Be Entitled to Receive in an Asbestos Exposure Case
We want to prevent any more harm to you if your doctor diagnosed you with asbestos-induced lung cancer. We will aim to secure awards covering:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
You may be entitled to an array of awards under these broad categories depending on the details of your case. Do not wait to call, as there may be a window on your ability to bring legal action once you discover your cancer.
You pay nothing upfront and nothing unless we win. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 217-6099 to discuss your case.