Our Lung Cancer Lawyers Are Here to Help
Asbestos-related lung cancer is the most lethal side effect of asbestos exposure, killing an estimated 6,000 Americans per year. As early as 1942, the National Cancer Institute confirmed the connection between asbestos and lung cancer. However, products containing asbestos were continually produced until the 1980s. If you or a loved one was affected by asbestos-related lung cancer, you have the right to seek fair compensation. The lung cancer lawyers at San Diego Injury Lawyer have the resources and connections to help. You can contact our San Diego, CA, firm online or by phone at (858) 413-9228 to begin building your case today.
Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer
Lung cancer presents with the same general symptoms whether it is associated with exposure to asbestos or another cause. Individuals with late-stage lung cancer experience symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest discomfort or pain
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic coughing
- Persistent respiratory infections
- Swelling in the face or neck
In the early stages, lung cancer rarely has any symptoms at all, which is why it is important for individuals with a history of asbestos exposure to have regular screenings of their lungs. Early detection with x-rays and CT scans can prevent cancer from spreading.
Risks for Asbestos Exposure
Due to the nature of asbestos, it can take 15 to 35 years for lung cancer to develop after initial exposure. Individuals in certain high-risk industries are more likely to contract an asbestos-related disease. These industries include:
- Heavy industry
Veterans are also at a high risk for asbestos-related lung cancer due to the military’s heavy uses of asbestos products. However, due to the prevalence of asbestos in previous years, a wide range of individuals have the potential for exposure. In addition, smoking increases the likelihood of lung cancer among asbestos-exposed individuals.
Building a Strong Case
At San Diego Injury Lawyer, we understand how devastating lung cancer can be, especially when it stems from a preventable cause such as asbestos. If you believe there is a connection between your lung cancer and exposure to asbestos, you should see a doctor. Your doctor can examine you and determine two crucial factors:
- The lung cancer developed at least 10 years after your initial exposure.
- You have diagnosed asbestosis, higher than normal levels of asbestos fibers in your lungs, or experienced a higher than average exposure level to asbestos.
Based on this information from your doctor, our team can investigate the circumstances of your original exposure and determine which parties were responsible for your illness. These parties can include anyone from asbestos installers to landlords.
Our team can help you determine if you have a case for a personal injury suit or qualify for participation in an existing or future mass tort case.
Typically, asbestos-related cases are handled as mass tort product liability suits. In this type of case, the actions of one individual or organization affected the lives of many others. Our team can help you determine if you have a case for a personal injury suit or qualify for participation in an existing or future mass tort case.
Contact Our Office Today
If you or someone you love developed lung cancer after exposure to asbestos, our team at San Diego Injury Lawyer can help you collect the compensation you deserve. For more information about how we can help with asbestos cases, contact our office online or call us at (858) 413-9228 today.