Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that, if breathed in dangerous levels, can eventually cause lung cancer. If someone has created conditions where radon has accumulated unchecked, you or your loved one may be at risk of getting lung cancer from radon exposure.
If you have received a lung cancer diagnosis and suspect that radon exposure may be the cause, you could be entitled to a financial award. Call our team today at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case.
Breathing Radon May Be Fatal
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is all around us. Breathing radon, which is radioactive, in small amounts is considered relatively harmless, but radon poisoning can result in lung cancer that commonly develops between 5 and 25 years after radon exposure.
Uranium—a commonly-found metal—breaking down in the water, soil, or rock creates radon. This means that radon is also unfortunately common. The problem arises when radon is released in a confined area and property owners fail to fumigate. For this reason, certain populations may be at a higher risk of radon poisoning and lung cancer. These groups include:
- Those who work, live, or spend time in buildings that are not tested regularly for radon
- Those who work underground, especially if their job involves harvesting radon
- Those who live in garden-level apartments or work in garden-level offices
- Those who spend significant time in basement-level rooms
- Anyone who lives in a region with elevated uranium levels or other conditions that could lead to abnormal levels of radon
Even with these groups in mind, anyone can fall victim to radon poisoning if they do not check for radon levels on a consistent schedule. The ultimate consequence of breathing radon can be fatal, often after suffering from lung cancer.
Know the Symptoms of Radon-Induced Lung Cancer
Many victims of radon poisoning do not realize that they were breathing radon until they receive diagnoses of lung cancer. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, and 21,000 lung cancer patients who developed the disease from breathing radon die each year.
It is important that you keep a watch for signs of lung cancer in you or your loved one and seek medical attention as soon as they arise. The symptoms include:
- Persistent coughing
- Coughing up blood
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chest pain and/or tightness
- Recurring infections like pneumonia or bronchitis
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty swallowing
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with lung cancer, especially if you are a non-smoker, and believe that radon exposure could be the cause, you may be entitled to a financial award. Call our team today at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case.
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What Our Legal Team Can Do for You
If you were diagnosed with lung cancer caused by breathing radon, we will help you figure out the potential source of radon exposure. Our team will:
- Come to you to discuss your case
- Go over potential sources of radon exposure, whether in a home, workplace, or other locations
- Help you determine who the liable party is
- Initiate your case and handle all legal responsibilities required to pursue a financial award
- Protect your rights under the law
We want to ensure that you are not subject to any additional harm post-radon exposure through no fault of your own.
Compensation You Could Be Awarded in a Radon Exposure Case
All cases are different, but if you are awarded a judgment or come to a settlement, you could receive a financial award covering:
- Past medical expenses
- Present and future medical expenses
- Lost wages due to your cancer
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
These are just a few of the broadly defined damages you could pursue. The circumstances of your case may entitle you to even further compensation. If you or a loved one received a diagnosis of cancer after spending time in a place where you were at risk of getting lung cancer from radon exposure, call our team today at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case. You pay nothing unless we win.