Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil and is naturally resistant to both heat and corrosion. This makes it a natural choice for building material, especially insulation, but there is a major problem with asbestos: it can cause lung disease, including cancer.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer and believe that asbestos may be a cause, we can help. Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case.
Asbestos Is Far from Phased Out
The idea that breathing and/or ingesting asbestos could directly cause lung cancer dates as far back as the 1930s, when asbestos miners were showing abnormally high instances of the disease. Despite the 1973 Clean Air Act and subsequent legislation reducing the use of asbestos in certain forms, the United States remains one of the nations without a complete ban on asbestos.
As a partial result of that non-ban, it is estimated that asbestos could be linked to as many as 15,000 American deaths each year. The primary risk comes from breathing or ingesting asbestos particles or dust, which arise mostly from handling asbestos directly. This puts a number of groups at an elevated risk, including:
- Demolition crews
- Construction workers
- Asbestos miners
- Asbestos factory workers
With this in mind, anyone who spends substantial time in a building where asbestos is not properly installed or begins to deteriorate over time could be at risk of developing lung disease, including lung cancer.
Know the Signs of Asbestos-Induced Lung Conditions
Breathing and/or ingesting asbestos is linked to three primary lung conditions. They are:
The symptoms of lung cancer, in particular, are important to watch for, especially if you suspect that you were exposed to asbestos at any point in your life. Symptoms of lung cancer include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain and/or tightness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Unexplained weight loss
- A cough that does not go away
- Recurring infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis
- Coughing up blood
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, seek medical attention. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer or another condition and believe exposure to asbestos could be a cause, you may be entitled to financial awards.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 794-0444
How A Lawyer Can Help You Pursue a Financial Award
Our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm aims to ensure that you do not endure any more harm than you already have. As you focus on recovery, we will handle the legal responsibility of pursuing financial awards from the liable party by:
- Listening to your story
- Speaking with medical professionals and documenting testimony that asbestos may have caused your lung condition
- Initiating your case and handling all legal responsibilities until a judgment or settlement is reached
- Ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the legal process
We will aim to show that you were exposed to asbestos without proper warning, and in a manner that may have caused or contributed to your condition. We will hope to offset the cost of your treatment with any compensation you are awarded.
Compensation You May Be Awarded in an Asbestos Exposure Case
If we secure a favorable judgment or settlement, you could be entitled to financial awards covering:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages due to your condition
- Punitive damages against the liable party
It is important that you do not wait to call. Some statute of limitations restrict the ability to bring personal injury and wrongful death cases according to the date you discovered your asbestos-induced condition, though there are exceptions to the statutes.
Call our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case. You pay nothing upfront and nothing unless we win.