Symptoms of the final stages of lung cancer include:
- Difficulty breathing;
- Skin that is bluish in color due to slowed blood flow; and
- A loss of bladder and bowel control due to muscles relaxing around the pelvis.
The symptoms will vary from one patient to the next, with some exhibiting no signs of the final stages of their disease other than a gradual decline in strength and energy. In some cases, treatments can slow the patient’s progression through the various stages of their lung cancer; in other cases, treatments may soften the impact of some late-stage symptoms.
Generally speaking, what can be said for all patients is that the symptoms of the final stages of lung cancer represent the body slowly shutting down and can be an unpleasant time for the patient. Pain medications and family support can help the patient pass in peace and relative comfort.
Signs that Death Is Near
In addition to the above medical symptoms of the final stages of lung cancer, a patient who is approaching death will exhibit other signs of which caregivers should be aware of.
You may pick up on your loved one’s loss of interest in things they once enjoyed. They may also appear to be more inwardly focused. Sleep patterns may change, appetites will wane, and caregivers will find it harder to manage the patient’s pain.
Common Causes of Lung Cancer
According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women. The most common causes of lung cancer include:
- Exposure to asbestos
- Radon exposure
When asbestos enters the lungs, it can develop into mesothelioma, a particularly dangerous and aggressive form of incurable cancer. Workers exposed to dangerous asbestos fibers suffer a high risk of developing this deadly cancer.
The second leading cause of lung cancer, radon, exists in the ground as a radioactive gas. When the gas leaks into a building, it presents a danger to everyone inside. When people breathe radon over a long period of time, the gas can cause lung cancer. The National Cancer Institute reports that as many as 20,000 people die a year due to radon-induced lung cancer.
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Beware of the Insurance Companies
Insurance companies may offer you a settlement to make you go away, but you should not accept or sign any such immediate offer as you may forfeit your right to pursue civil action later if your condition worsens.
Insurance companies implement sophisticated computer programs that can easily assess the value of your case based on the information to which the agency is privy. Whatever amount the insurer offers you, count on the fact that the figure greatly undervalues the awards to which you are entitled. You will fight a long and frustrating battle if you attempt to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. They are simply too experienced at what they do to take on without legal representation.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm employs a team of attorneys in offices throughout the United States. Our experience taking on big corporations and holding them responsible has helped thousands of people across the nation.
How a Lawyer Can Help Insurance Matters
Our legal team will aggressively represent you during negotiations with insurance companies. At the same time, we will treat you and your family with the respect you deserve during this difficult time.
If we are unable to secure a settlement out-of-court, we are ready and willing to go to trial. Our legal team will maintain open communication with you so you never have to worry about the status of your case.
While each case is different, you deserve compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Financially protecting your family’s future can provide you peace-of-mind during this difficult time.
Whatever your situation, do not delay in discovering your legal options. Most states enforce a statute of limitations, which limits the amount of time you have to take legal action following a personal injury. By hiring legal counsel sooner, your attorney can begin building your case with plenty of time and access the evidence that will support your claim.
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