Asbestos exposure not only causes mesothelioma cancer, but several other cancerous and non-cancerous conditions. While the only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, workers with a history of asbestos exposure may not realize that their colon cancer or lung cancer is not simply the result of bad luck. GPW's asbestos disease attorneys have defended many people who suffer from asbestos-related diseases beyond mesothelioma.
When airborne, lightweight asbestos fibres are easily inhaled by workers at construction sites and in industrial settings. The small, thin fibres are hard to filter out without high-quality (and expensive) filtering gear. Breathing protection on job sites for many years was lacking at best, and often non-existent. Many workers were heavily exposed to friable (easily crumbled or reduced to powder) asbestos for years and even decades. Heavy exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing lung cancer five times.
Smokers with asbestos exposure have more than a 50 fold increase in their chance of getting lung cancer compared to people who have not smoked and been exposed to asbestos. A history of smoking does not preclude you from an asbestos-related lung cancer lawsuit. Our asbestos attorneys have tried cases for many former smokers diagnosed with lung cancer. Although smoking alone can cause lung cancer, asbestos has long been determined as a substantial contributing factor. Smoking cessation is therefore all the more important for those exposed to asbestos.
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We have compiled a list of cancer treatment centers where victims of mesothelioma and other cancers can turn for treatment and medical attention.
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Asbestosis is the scarring of the lung tissue that results when asbestos fibers become lodged in the lung. This disease causes shortness of breath by limiting the lung's ability to expand and contract. There is no treatment available for those suffering from this chronic disease. Since it takes at least 20 - 30 years from the initial exposure for asbestosis to develop, people with exposures to asbestos in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's are now being diagnosed.
This relatively rare cancer of the structure containing the vocal chords strikes just under 10,000 people each year. During a review of 50 epidemiological studies, the National Institutes of health found "compelling evidence that asbestos exposure is associated with an increased incidence of laryngeal cancer and that the risk increases with the intensity and duration of exposure." Asbestos exposure may increase the risk of developing cancer in the voice box by more than two and a half times. Like asbestos-related lung cancer, smoking may compund the effect of the asbestos fibers in the lining of the larynx.
Exposure to asbestos has the potential to lead to the development of other cancers, including esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and other cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. If you believe your cancer may be related to asbestos exposure, our asbestos lawyers may be able to help you recover damages as a result of your asbestos exposure-related disease; please contact us here.
After years of exposure without protection or warning, it is ironic that there is a sharply limited time to bring suit against those that injured you. Statutes of limitations (sometimes called statutes of repose) vary from state to state and put limitations from the time of diagnosis--or a similar event--to the time to file a lawsuit. In many states, there are only two years from the date of diagnosis in which you can file an asbestos lawsuit.
These time limitations mean researching and understanding your options early is instrumental in making sure your rights are not frustrated by an expiration date. GPW's asbestos attorneys have years of experience they can share with you regarding filing an asbestos lawsuit. Settlements in asbestos cases, legal processes, and understanding how long your legal battle might last are just a few of the questions our clients often have. Many general questions are answered in our Ask an Asbestos Attorney section; please contact us for answers to your specific questions or to discuss, with no obligation, your case.
Smokers injured by asbestos exposure may still be entitled to compensation. While either smoking or asbestos exposure alone may each cause lung cancer, together they make a lethal combination, increasing the risk of developing lung cancer dramatically versus smoking alone.