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Asbestos exposure: lung cancer claim eligibility

How does asbestos exposure lead to lung cancer?

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, is a known carcinogen and exposure to it can result in numerous terrible diseases, including lung cancer. Exposure to asbestos occurs via inhalation or ingestion and the majority of victims of asbestos exposure came in contact with the mineral in occupational or military settings. During the last century, there were over 70 different industries that made use of tremendous amounts of asbestos, greatly endangering the health of employees.

Furthermore, the military also employed asbestos, particularly the U.S. Navy and, as a consequence, veterans are now at high risk of coming to struggle with lung cancer as well. If you have this diagnosis and a history of asbestos exposure, it is important to know that you are eligible for compensation, which our team of professionals can help you recover.

It is worthy of note that lung cancer that occurs as a result of asbestos exposure takes 15 to 35 years to develop. If you are a smoker who was also exposed to asbestos, your risk of developing lung cancer increases dramatically. Nevertheless, you can still seek financial compensation even if you are or were a smoker.

Because companies kept workers in the dark concerning the dangers of asbestos exposure, they were not provided with protective equipment on the job when handling it between 1920 and 1980, which led to millions of people being heavily exposed to asbestos. There were approximately 2,000 companies that made use of asbestos during the last century. The following are some of the main industries that used asbestos to a shocking extent:

  • construction
  • power generation
  • shipbuilding
  • chemical
  • paper manufacturing
  • boilermaking
  • textile
  • oil refining
  • plastic

When it is caused by asbestos exposure, lung cancer occurs due to the inhalation of mineral fibers. Once asbestos fibers reach the lungs, the majority of them become embedded in the tissue of the organs, gradually causing severe inflammation and scarring which may, in turn, lead to the growth of malignant tumors. Since they are microscopic and have a rough texture, asbestos fibers cannot be eliminated by the human body, which greatly increases the chances of developing lung cancer. According to a recent international study, asbestos is responsible for over 37% of all occupational lung cancer cases in the United States.

What are the eligibility criteria for asbestos lung cancer?

In the unfortunate event that you received a diagnosis of lung cancer as a consequence of occupational or military exposure, we strongly encourage you to contact our team of experts, who will thoroughly assess your situation. Subsequently, they will tell you with certainty whether you qualify for filing a claim to recover the financial compensation you are entitled to. The following are the eligibility requirements for people with lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure:

  • you must have a lung cancer diagnosis
  • you must have been exposed to asbestos on the job, in the military, or secondarily
  • you must file your claim within the statute of limitations

It is essential to know that asbestos lung cancer claims have a statute of limitations, which means that you must file your claim within a preset timeframe. Otherwise, you lose your right to compensation. Most states have a statute of limitations for asbestos exposure of 3-5 years from the moment of diagnosis. However, the statute of limitations for your case may be shorter, which is why it is crucial to seek assistance as soon as you receive your diagnosis.

Another noteworthy aspect you should be aware of is that, if you choose to file your asbestos claim with our help as a terminally ill veteran, your claim will be expedited so that you can receive the compensation you are eligible for within the shortest time possible, as we know that people who suffer from cancer are often in urgent need of money to afford healthcare and treatment. Lastly, you should know that, if you developed lung cancer as a consequence of asbestos exposure, a family member can help you navigate the legal process of filing a claim if we find that you qualify for seeking compensation, which will allow you to continue focusing on your health.

File a claim for lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure with the help of Atraxia Law

If you or a family member was diagnosed with lung cancer that may have been caused by asbestos exposure in the workplace, we strongly advise you to contact the team of Atraxia Law, as we have over 35 years of experience in assessing toxic exposure claims. Our team of professionals will only need your employment and medical records as evidence of asbestos exposure and related diagnosis, which makes the process as easy as possible for you.

We will carefully evaluate your eligibility and, if we find that you qualify for compensation, we will promptly guide you to a lawyer whose main area of practice is toxic exposure. Eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available for your diagnosis, which will help you afford superior healthcare and treatment. Finally, it is important to know that working with a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure is free of charge unless they recover compensation on your behalf, as these law firms work on a contingency fee basis.

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