Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuit and Claims

There are approximately 240,000 new diagnoses of lung cancer every year in the United States. Some are caused by genetics or smoking, but a large percentage are caused by work-related exposures to carcinogens like asbestos. Asbestos fibers can damage the DNA of the lung tissue and surrounding lining causing cancer tumors.

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Last Updated: October 9, 2022
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Asbestos Lung Cancer

Asbestos Lung Cancer occurs when a cancer tumor, triggered by asbestos, begins to grow in or around the lung tissue. This damage to lung cells can lead to cancer growth 10-60 yrs after your first exposure to asbestos.
When patients are diagnosed with lung cancer, many don't know the cause, or may even blame themselves. Doctors usually won't refer to your lung cancer as “asbestos lung cancer.” Instead, they will only use the given medical name for your diagnosis.
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The medical names for lung cancer are based on the cell type that first develops the cancer tumor.

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

NSCLC is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer, with 80%-85% of lung cancers being NSCLC. This form of cancer can come in many different types and occur in multiple places in the lungs. As with all forms of cancer, you may have a higher chance of developing NSCLC after being exposed to hazardous materials like asbestos.
The most common types of NSCLC are:
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Large cell (undifferentiated) carcinoma
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)
  • SCLC, sometimes called oat cell carcinoma (this is a much less common form of lung cancer, representing only 10%-15% of cases)
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Small cell lung cancer

Small cell lung cancer can also develop after being exposed to risk factors like asbestos dust. The following symptoms/conditions may be early warning signs:

  • Decreased appetite, weight loss, fatigue
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, persistent cough
  • Fluid around the lungs
  • Spots on or around the lungs
Whether your lung cancer diagnosis is small cell or large cell, it may have been caused by asbestos exposure. Our attorneys have significant experience tracing asbestos exposure and linking it to lung cancer diagnoses.
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How We Trace Asbestos Exposure to Lung Cancer

Lung cancer can be attributed to smoking, chemical exposure, and family history. However, asbestos has also been known to cause lung cancer in American workers for the past century. Asbestos has been used in thousands of products since World War II for its excellent insulating, strengthening, and chemical resistance properties.
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Occupations Asbestos Exposure

The following are the most common types of occupations involving heavy asbestos exposure:

  • Insulators and foundry workers
  • Construction/remodeling
  • Shipyard and trainyard workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Military service
  • Chemical and oil refining
  • Automotive repair
  • Power workers
Even if your job is not on this list you may have still been exposed to asbestos. With just a short conversation our experienced legal team can help determine this possibility.
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Compensation for Asbestos Lung Cancer Victims

Compensation is the financial assistance our firm can recover for you when your lung cancer diagnosis is deemed to have been caused by asbestos. The legal system will allow you to collect this compensation if you can show the following:

  • A diagnosis of primary lung cancer in the past three years
  • A history of asbestos exposure
  • Chest X-ray that shows scarring of the lungs
The package of lung cancer compensation we can recover may include benefits from some or all of the following:
  • Asbestos trust fund claims (Lung Cancer Trust)
  • Lung cancer lawsuit (not required in most cases)
  • Administrative defendants (who settle without a lawsuit)
  • Workers' compensation (based on an occupational disease)
  • Social Security Disability (SSD/SSI)
  • Veterans' benefits
Most of these benefits can be paid based on claim forms, affidavits, work records, or other evidence, and will not require filing a lawsuit.

Compensation for Asbestos Lung Cancer Victims

Asbestos Trust Funds have been ordered by a federal bankruptcy court to hold money for future victims of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other cancers. More than 60 of these trust funds were created. Together, they have pledged more than 30 billion dollars to compensate asbestos cancer victims and their families.

If you were exposed to asbestos between the 1940s and 1980s and were diagnosed with lung cancer, you may be able to recover money from these asbestos trusts. There are several steps required to qualify. Our firm works with attorneys that have filed thousands of trust fund claims and have the experience to maximize your potential share of these funds.

Why File an Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuit?

Filing a lung cancer lawsuit may be the only way to get the maximum recovery from an asbestos manufacturer that is unwilling to negotiate a settlement. Not everyone wants to be involved in a lawsuit, however based on your unique situation we may recommend it.In some cases, the largest settlements awarded come from filing a lawsuit.

The only disadvantage is that this can be a lengthy process, often taking over a year to get to trial. However, typically all defendants settle before your story is heard by a jury.As our client, you will be in the driver's seat to decide how your lung cancer claims will be handled.

We will help you make the best decision for you and your family. Our network of asbestos lung cancer attorneys uses the most advanced tools available and has a proven track record of getting maximum compensation for our clients.

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Contact Scout Law Group as soon as possible for a FREE consultation. There are no out-of-pocket costs to you for retaining Scout Law Group on your behalf. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we get paid from the money we recover for you by settlement or verdict. If there is no recovery, you do not owe any money.
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