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Lung Cancer

A Specific Type of Lung Cancer Is Caused by Asbestos


Lung cancer is a type of malignant tumor that originates in the lungs. This disease leads to the deaths of approximately 160,000 people each year in the U.S.

Although smoking is recognized as the most common cause of lung cancer, working with or being near certain hazardous materials can be just as lethal. Asbestos is one such carcinogen and it can cause asbestos lung cancer. In the U.S., this type of cancer claims nearly 5,000 lives annually.

What Is Asbestos?

Occurring naturally in the environment in soil and rocks, asbestos is a group of minerals that are resistant to heat and fire and do not conduct electricity. Because of this, manufacturers began incorporating asbestos on a massive scale into products in the late 1800s.

Asbestos products were used to insulate everything from factories to schools, homes, and ships. You could also find asbestos in automobile parts, roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, and cement.

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.

How You Can Be Exposed

People are exposed to asbestos primarily by inhaling fibers in an environment where asbestos has been disturbed, such as when mining and processing asbestos, making products that contain it, or installing asbestos insulation. Asbestos fibers can also be disturbed when older buildings are demolished or renovated.

In addition, asbestos fibers can be swallowed, such as in drinking water that has flowed through asbestos cement pipes. Family members of workers who are exposed to asbestos through their jobs can experience secondhand exposure from that person’s clothing or skin.

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. These include: 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

Have you been experiencing any of these known symptoms of lung cancer and believe asbestos is to blame? If so, you may be entitled to compensation.

Choosing the Right Attorney to Represent You

Are you seeking an attorney to assist you in recovering damages for health complications related to asbestos poisoning? If so, we encourage you to consider these critical questions in making your decision: What experience can this firm offer me? What is this firm’s philosophy toward working with its clients?

At Weitz & Luxenberg, we believe that our attorneys can offer you the expertise you deserve. We are one of the largest personal injury and mass tort plaintiffs’ firms in the country, and we have a proven record of achieving superior results. Our attorneys have represented tens of thousands of individuals and we believe our firm stands out with its continued success.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

Recent W&L Results

  • $20 Million

    The family of a former Navy shipfitter who died earlier this year of mesothelioma received a verdict of against a manufacturer of boilers that were insulated with asbestos.

  • $25 Million

    Two men sought help after getting cancer due to asbestos-tainted products. Crane Co., the product manufacturer, acted recklessly and with conscious disregard for safety. W&L is relentless in ensuring that innocent victims are not brushed aside.

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  • We helped more than 3,500 clients from Florida. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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  • We got almost $2.8 billion from the shipyard industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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  • We won a $37 million verdict for 2 clients — a steam fitter and a boiler maker — with asbestos lung cancer. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won $11.6 million for the widow of a sheet metal worker who died of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 4,000 carpenters have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $2.16 million settlement for the family of a NYC construction worker who died of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We worked with more than 31,000 clients who had asbestosis or pleural disease.

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  • We got $48 million from the railroad industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won $17.5 million in a consolidated trial of 5 mesothelioma victims. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped more than 19,000 clients from New York. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped asbestos clients settle their cases for as much as $12 million. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won lung cancer cases totaling almost $1.5 billion. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $190 million verdict for 5 clients who were exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $53 million from asbestos product manufacturers.

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How Weitz & Luxenberg Helped Me

  • John Pilla’s Story

    Because someone was careless with asbestos and didn't do anything to keep people like my mom safe, I lost her and I lost my older brother both in the same day. My mom was still alive when she called Weitz & Luxenberg for help. She made the decision to call right after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. She knew what mesothelioma was, she knew how it happens, and she knew what was coming. For those reasons, she also knew that she needed to get legal representation quickly.

    - John Pilla NJ