Asbestos is a potent carcinogen that can cause all types of lung cancer. Like Mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer can develop decades after the victim’s last exposure to asbestos. Many workers who were exposed to asbestos also smoked cigarettes. This combination of smoking and asbestos exposure greatly increases the risk of contracting lung cancer. A worker exposed to asbestos who also smoked is still entitled to seek compensation for his asbestos-related lung cancer.
If you believe that asbestos exposure led to you or a loved one’s lung cancer diagnosis, do not wait to take legal action. Speak with one of our Ohio asbestos lung cancer lawyers to learn more about your options for potential compensation.
Government Recognizes Link Between Asbestos And Lung Cancer
The U.S. government agencies recognized the direct link between asbestos and lung cancer years ago, and banned many uses of asbestos. However, you can still find asbestos in automotive products and in materials used in home building and construction, as well as in older buildings and water pipes. In fact, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has estimated that more than a million employees in construction and other trades continue to face significant asbestos – exposure on the job.
Lung Cancer Advances Without Warning
One reason lung cancer is so deadly is that it is hard to detect in its early stages. There may be no symptoms at first.
Unfortunately, by the time someone has developed symptoms, the cancer may have reached advanced stages. In fact, most cases of lung cancer in asbestos workers can be traced back 15 years or more to a person’s initial exposure.
Possible Signs Of Lung Cancer
There are typically physical symptoms apparent if you have lung cancer. Eventually, the typical physical symptoms of asbestos lung cancer may appear and include:
- New, chronic cough
- Changes in a chronic cough
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Unexpected and unusual weight loss
- Repeated bouts of pneumonia or bronchitis
Contact an Ohio Asbestos Lung Cancer Attorney
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer it is important that you take action immediately. The Ohio asbestos lung cancer lawyers at McDermott & Hickey, LLC, have decades of experience representing asbestos lung cancer victims. We can help you face the challenges ahead.
We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. We offer a free consultation to answer any questions you have.
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