Personal stories of coping with asbestos lung cancer from Americans just like you
“In nonsmokers who have been exposed to asbestos, the risk of lung cancer is five times that of unexposed workers.” –MedicineNet.com
Weitz & Luxenberg understands the challenges that you are facing after receiving a diagnosis of asbestos-induced lung cancer. That’s why we hope that the stories included here in this section on asbestos lung cancer will help to bring further insight to your own situation.
After you have read through these personal stories, please continue to browse through our website for information about your legal options. Because your lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure, you have the right to pursue action to obtain financial compensation for your illness. Weitz & Luxenberg is here to help you with this process.
Each of the included stories contains personal accounts from people who, like you, were exposed to asbestos and developed lung cancer. Even though all of these individuals face a common challenge, these stories offer a broad range of perspectives, unique to each person’s situation. The stories are told from the following vantage points:
A child’s perspective on second-hand exposure to asbestos
Throughout the world one of the most awful tragedies in the tragic legacy of asbestos involves children who were exposed to asbestos from a family member, and developed serious illnesses that often cut their lives short. This page will highlight the story of one of these children.
A spouse’s story of second-hand asbestos exposure
This story will relay a wife’s account of being exposed to asbestos through second-hand exposure from her husband, Unfortunately, this has happened often in America when family members would return home covered with asbestos fibers and dust from the workplace.
An account of first-hand occupational exposure to asbestos
By far the most common story is that of a person who worked in a profession that exposed him or her to asbestos for many years. “Asbestos-related lung cancers are likely to remain an important component of the total number of lung cancer deaths in the future as part of the legacy of past asbestos exposures in occupational settings,” says the Annals of Occupational Hygiene, one of the world's top research journals on hazards and risks to health resulting from work.
The worker highlighted in this story was aware that he or she was working with asbestos, but had no idea that asbestos was harmful. It was not until decades after exposure that this individual was diagnosed with lung cancer. It is usually then that the worker is alerted to the fact that the companies that exposed him to asbestos knew that it would make him sick.
First-hand exposure: A military veteran’s story
Our country’s military veterans were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis. In WWII alone, millions of veterans were exposed according the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Prior to the 1970’s, asbestos was a common insulator for navy ships, aircrafts, and automobiles, leaving many members of the navy especially vulnerable to exposure.
This story will highlight the experiences of one these heroes who tragically exposed to the deadly carcinogen.
Weitz & Luxenberg feels that it is a betrayal to this country that asbestos companies would poison the very same soldiers who were already risking their lives to protect fellow Americans.
Your personal story
Weitz & Luxenberg would like to hear your story of being diagnosed with and battling lung cancer. We can help you get your medical bills covered, and provide financial support for your family with a lawsuit against those responsible for your illness. Pursuing compensation from these companies does more than provide monetary support for you and your family; it also helps send a message to negligent corporations everywhere that valuing profits over people will not be tolerated.
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