Stage 4 lung cancer is the most serious stage, and under the Stage 4 umbrella are substages, including Stage 4A. Stage 4A lung cancer is generally characterized by:
- Cancer that has spread to both lungs, and likely beyond to lymph nodes and other organs throughout the body
- Cancer covering the heart, as well as the fluid around the heart
Ideally, you would want to seek treatment before the progression of lung cancer to Stage 4A. In order to prevent this, it is critical to know the symptoms of lung cancer and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of them.
Symptoms of Lung Cancer
If you are seeing possible signs of lung cancer, your disease could be further along than you suspect. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following lung cancer symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- A persistent cough
- Persistent headaches
- Shortness of breath
- Bone pain
- Coughing up blood
The Cause of Your Cancer Could Be Radon Gas or Asbestos
It is not true that lung cancer is exclusively the disease of smokers. Tens of thousands of lung cancer patients die each year from lung cancer caused by something other than smoking. Many people are not aware of how radon gas causes cancer, or how asbestos causes cancer.
How Asbestos Leads to Lung Cancer
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral common in building materials, and it is a known cause of serious lung ailments such as:
- Mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer for which the only known cause is breathing asbestos
- Forms of lung cancer aside from mesothelioma
Asbestos is highly effective in suppressing fire and preventing corrosion in buildings, but it is a known carcinogen. Some of the places where asbestos is found include:
- In insulation, which may be in walls, attics, around pipes, and around heat-emitting appliances such as furnaces and stoves
- In vinyl flooring
- In heat-resistant fabrics
- In certain textured paints
- In certain roofing materials including shingles
Because of asbestos’ prevalence in building materials, certain segments of the population are at a heightened risk of developing asbestos-induced lung cancer. These groups include but are not limited to:
- A demolition crew member
- A construction worker
- Someone who regularly works near insulation
How Radon Gas Causes Lung Cancer
Radon gas is a known cause of lung cancer, and is particularly insidious because it is odorless and invisible, so you may have been breathing the cancer-causing substance for years without realizing it.
Radon typically becomes dangerous when it accumulates in poorly ventilated spaces such as basements and other windowless rooms. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, and especially if you are a non-smoker, then breathing radon gas is one possible cause of the illness.
The person responsible for your exposure may be responsible for repaying your losses resulting from your lung cancer.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 794-0444
How a Lawyer Can Help You Pursue Compensation
Many lawyers have experience trying cases that involve lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos or radon gas. An attorney can help you identify the person most responsible for your exposure, and then:
- File necessary documentation to begin your case
- Consult medical professionals to help with your case
- Argue that the defendant violated your right to reasonable safety
- Fulfill all legal steps necessary to complete a judgement or settlement
- Ensure the protection of your rights from the beginning of the legal process to the end
Possible Compensation for a Radon or Asbestos Exposure Case
Understand that each case is different, and possible compensation varies accordingly. Some possible awards that you may be entitled to could cover:
- Pain and suffering resulting from your cancer
- Punitive damages against the defendant
- Medical costs related to your lung cancer
- Lost wages or diminished earning capacity caused by your illness
A lawyer can handle the bulk of your case while you focus on recovery. Taking on your pursuit of compensation alone will likely cause unnecessary stress.
Contact Our Legal Team Today
Our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm does not shy away from tough cases, and you pay nothing unless we secure compensation on your behalf. Call us today at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation.