Maryland Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawyers
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals (actinolite, chrysotile, anthophyllite, amosite, tremolite, and crocidolite) that are resistant to heat and corrosion. The strength of the fibers led to asbestos being used in many different building construction materials for insulation.
The American Cancer Society states that inhalation of asbestos fibers has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, and there is no “safe” type of asbestos when it comes to lung cancer risk. Lung cancer in asbestos workers generally begins 15 years after initial asbestos exposure.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer caused by your exposure to asbestos in Maryland, you have the right to seek compensation from those who were aware of the dangers of this material, yet allowed you to be exposed to it anyway. We know that discovering that you’ve been exposed to asbestos and have developed lung cancer, as a result, is devastating. That’s why our team fights so hard on behalf of those who’ve been harmed by this dangerous substance, and we’ll aggressively seek justice on behalf of your and your family.
CHASENBOSCOLO understands the complexity of asbestos lung cancer cases and can fight to help people obtain all of the compensation they need for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. You can have us assess all of your legal options as soon as you call (301) 220-0050 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need An Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawyer?
Asbestos lung cancer claims can be far more difficult injury claims for people to pursue than other kinds of common injuries because lung cancer stemming from asbestos exposure is usually not diagnosed until several years after exposure. Many people are no longer employed or living in the locations in which they were exposed to asbestos, which frequently presents problems in obtaining evidence.
Identifying defendants can also be particularly complicated when a person’s original employer is bankrupt or no longer in business. You are going to want an attorney simply so you can have assistance resolving all of these potential issues.
A lawyer will know how to secure the evidence that you need to prove asbestos causes your lung cancer, and they can also determine all of the potentially liable parties. The attorney can then negotiate a settlement, although you should be prepared for insurance companies to try and drag these proceedings out because they are aware that the victims in these cases are often facing terminal diagnoses.
It may be possible that an insurance company comes right out and quickly offers you a settlement to resolve your case. Do not accept any settlement offer without first discussing your case with a lawyer, as they will very likely be able to help you recover even more.
Why Choose CHASENBOSCOLO To Handle My Case?
Barry M. Chasen has over 30 years of legal experience and received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a past chair of the Maryland State Bar Section on Negligence, Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation and a member of the Maryland Association for Justice, Maryland State Bar Association, and American Association for Justice.
Benjamin T. Boscolo has also received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He too is a member of the American Association for Justice, Maryland Association for Justice, and Maryland State Bar Section Council on Negligence, Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation.
CHASENBOSCOLO has a team of 25 lawyers and over 90 professionals available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our firm boasts more 100 years of combined legal experience.
Our firm will negotiate a full and fair settlement to your case or file a lawsuit when necessary to recover just compensation. We also do all of this with the No Fee Guarantee® that means you will not have to pay anything up front and you will only be charged if you receive a financial award.
Types of Asbestos Lung Cancer Cases We Handle
There are two main types of asbestos. Chrysotile asbestos (also known as white asbestos, serpentine asbestos, or curly asbestos) is the most common type of asbestos in industrial applications. Amphibole asbestos fibers are straight and needle-like but come in several types of amphibole fibers, such as crocidolite (blue asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos), actinolite, tremolite, and anthophyllite.
Both types of asbestos have been connected to cancer, and people are usually exposed to asbestos in one of two ways. The most common form of asbestos exposure is inhalation of asbestos, but asbestos can also be swallowed when foods or liquids are contaminated.
Some of the most common industries for possible asbestos exposure include, but are not limited to:
- Automotive technicians
- Drywall installation
- Sheet metal workers
Asbestos exposure is not limited to workplaces. Many products can also contain asbestos, so it is possible for people to be exposed in their very own homes.
Asbestos can be found in various automotive parts, tiles, cement, or textiles. Certain companies have set up asbestos trust funds that are designed to compensate victims as a condition of these companies filing bankruptcy.
While these trust funds are intended to compensate victims, awards are not automatic and it can be difficult for the average person to file a claim on their own. You will want to have an attorney so you can be sure that all relevant evidence is presented and you have the strongest possible case.
What is the difference between asbestos lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure that occurs in the mesothelium, the membrane covering numerous internal organs such as the lungs, chest cavity (pleura), and abdominal cavity (peritoneum) among others. Asbestos lung cancer involves cancerous tumors invading and blocking air passages. Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition that involves scarring of the lungs. All of these diseases involve symptoms that usually include shortness of breath and chest pain.
What happens if I die while my asbestos lawsuit is pending?
When you die while an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit is pending, the claim becomes an asset of your estate. The person named in your will as the executor or the person appointed by the court as an administrator of the estate will be able to continue the lawsuit and must distribute the proceeds to your beneficiaries and heirs. A notice of your death and a copy of the death certificate will have to be filed in court to request that a successor to the lawsuit be appointed, otherwise the lawsuit may be dismissed. If you die before a claim has been filed, then your family members could still be able to file a wrongful death suit.
How can workers protect themselves from asbestos exposure?
Workers who have concerns about asbestos exposure in their workplace should discuss the issue with their co-workers and their employers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific asbestos standards that must be satisfied, and OSHA can also conduct workplace inspections when necessary. OSHA regulates workplaces in the service, construction, manufacturing, and maritime industries, but, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) enforces regulations related to mine safety. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) also evaluates work sites for possible health hazards and can make exposure control recommendations.
Asbestos Lung Cancer Statistics
A paper entitled “Global Asbestos Disaster” published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on May 16, 2018, reported that asbestos causes an estimated 255,000 deaths (243,223–260,029) annually, and work-related exposures account for 233,000 deaths (222,322–242,802). The study noted that while asbestos is banned in 55 countries, it is still widely used today and 2,030,000 tons are consumed annually.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that approximately 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis from occupational exposures resulted in 107,000 deaths and 1,523,000 Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) in 2014.
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine examined 189,896 Swedish construction workers through a linkage with the Swedish Cancer Registry and found total 2,835 cases of lung cancer. The study concluded that “workers with heavy exposure to asbestos have a similar risk of lung cancer as persons with low or no exposure 20 years after the exposure has ended.”
A 2012 study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that all types of asbestos fibers kill at least twice as many people through lung cancer than through mesothelioma, except for crocidolite. The study estimated ratios of the absolute number of asbestos-related lung cancers to mesothelioma deaths and excess lung cancer relative risk to mesothelioma mortality per 1000 non-asbestos-related deaths, with the number of excess lung cancer deaths being more than the number of mesothelioma deaths in 14 of 16 estimates in the study.
Contact an Asbestos Lung Cancer Attorney in Maryland
Have you or your loved one been diagnosed with lung cancer in Maryland as the result of asbestos exposure? Our compassionate Maryland injury attorneys understand the stress, grief, and confusion you are likely feeling. We have made it our mission to provide knowledgeable, qualified, and understanding legal counsel to those who have been put in this challenging situation. While no amount of money can turn back time and prevent you from being exposed to asbestos, a lawsuit could ensure that you get the proper medical care your condition requires and can provide much needed financial support for those you love.
We will be by your side, fighting to help you obtain all of the compensation you are entitled to. Call (301) 220-0050 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation today.