Understanding the facts and statistics of lung cancer caused by asbestos
The facts and statistics are these:
- Asbestos exposure can cause lung cancer.
- Asbestos was used heavily in the United States to insulate and fireproof from the 1800’s to the late 1970’s.
- The large corporations that perpetuated the use of asbestos in the United States knew since the 1800’s that it would make people sick. In fact, certain companies did studies on their employees that revealed that those who came in contact with asbestos were most likely to have lung problem.
One study in particular was conducted by the largest asbestos company in the US, Johns-Manville. The statistics showed that out of 780 asbestos workers, 534 had developed lung changes (Multinationalmonitor).
Fortunately, with our help, the numbers can be in your favor:
- Weitz & Luxenberg has been helped people who have developed lung cancer because of asbestos for over twenty years.
- Collectively, we have helped secure billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
- You have the option to pursue financial compensation from the companies responsible for your illness.
- Weitz & Luxenberg has a wealth of resources to draw from that can help pinpoint where you were exposed and who was responsible for it.
On this page, you will find the numbers that illuminate the asbestos problem in the United States, the average life expectancy of someone with asbestos-related lung cancer, and how many people have been afflicted with your disease. At the end of the day, an important number to remember is this one: (800) 476-6070. Simply give us a call at this number to find out all the information you need about pursuing financial compensation for your illness. This compensation can go towards paying all of your medical expenses, travel costs, and overall financial stability. The call and the consultation is free.
The facts and statistics concerning your disease
Asbestos-related lung cancer is responsible for the deaths of 5,000 people per year (EWG). Lung cancer is a progressive disease, but it can be treated with common cancer treatment methods such as (WebMD):
- Radiation Therapy
There are clinical trials that are testing new methods of lung cancer treatment. Experiments done on laser surgery have been shown to improve breathing. Stereotastic radiosurgery and new drugs have also been showing good results in treating lung cancer.
If diagnosed early, you have a 49% chance of surviving past five years with lung cancer. If diagnosed late, the average survival rate longer than five years is 2% (eMedicineHealth). These numbers are merely averages and may not pertain to you or your particular case. A study conducted in 2010, concluded that lung cancer patients who remain optimistic live longer than those who are pessimistic about their prognosis (EmaxHealth).
The facts and statistics concerning the asbestos problem
In 2005, the CDC reported that asbestos has caused multiple deaths in every state in America. Asbestos was used so widely in the past that the EPA estimates that 733,000 of the buildings in the United States still contain asbestos. Those who were at the highest risk of developing an asbestos-related disease were people working directly with asbestos (miners, construction workers, veterans, etc.).
The EPA estimates that “between 1940 and 1980, 27 million Americans had significant occupational exposure to asbestos.” (EPA 2)
What Weitz & Luxenberg can do for you
In 1998, the EPA conducted a study that tallied the average cost of lung cancer medical bills. The number came out to $59,612 over a period of ten years, which we know is already out of date. Medical expenses rise and new costly procedures are constantly being developed (EPA 1). EPA’s study does not address other costs such as loss of income, travel expenses, and debt.
Financial compensation can take care of all of these costs. Weitz & Luxenberg can help you lift the burden of financial stress during this difficult time. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. To get started, simply give us a call or fill out the form on this page.