Virginia Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawyers
CHASENBOSCOLO represents people who have developed lung cancer due to exposure to asbestos in Virginia. Our team has the experience and skill necessary to get results for you and your loved ones. If you were exposed to asbestos through military service or at a civilian job, or anywhere else, you could be owed significant compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
According to the American Cancer Society, the two main types of asbestos are chrysotile asbestos and amphibole asbestos, both of which have been linked to cancer. Chrysotile asbestos is also known as white asbestos, serpentine asbestos, or curly asbestos, and is the most common type of asbestos in industrial application. Amphibole asbestos fibers, which have straight, needle-like structures, are easily inhaled.
Asbestos exposure has been greatly reduced with the development of standards and laws banning its use. That said, people who were exposed to asbestos several decades ago are only now being diagnosed with diseases stemming from the exposure. Asbestos involves a tremendously long latency period, so a person could be diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma, or another disease several decades after they were originally exposed to asbestos.
People diagnosed with lung cancer relating to asbestos typically do not have favorable prognoses. In many cases, victims are only given a few months or possibly a year to live. If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with lung cancer or another illness stemming from asbestos exposure in Virginia, your former employer or another party could be liable for the injuries you have suffered. You could be entitled to various forms of compensation for the harm you have sustained.
CHASENBOSCOLO has an office in Falls Church as well as three Maryland offices in Greenbelt, Waldorf, and Hyattsville. Our Virginia asbestos attorneys can help you understand all of your legal options when you call (703) 538-1138 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need An Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawyer?
Asbestos-related injuries can be extremely difficult for the average person to recover compensation for, as the insurance companies involved in these types of cases often employ tactics that are specifically designed to delay proceedings. People assume that they will not be able to obtain compensation because their employment history did not involve asbestos exposure, or a former employer ultimately declared bankruptcy.
It is important to hire an attorney simply because they will be able to perform an independent investigation that can determine the cause of your asbestos-related disease diagnosis. The lawyer can then obtain the necessary evidence and identify all of the liable parties. Liable parties are often aware that the victims in these cases have terminal diagnoses and that the values of their claims will be greatly reduced should a claimant pass away. While the insurers for these parties will file motions to delay claims, a knowledgeable attorney can help keep your case on track and work to quickly resolve your case.
It is also very important that you do not talk to an insurance company about your case without legal representation. Some insurers may offer lump-sum settlements to resolve your claim, yet these amounts are often significantly less than what victims are actually entitled to. An experienced lawyer will fight to get you every dollar you need and deserve.
Why Choose CHASENBOSCOLO To Handle My Case?
CHASENBOSCOLO has been helping people all over Virginia since 1986. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for thousands of clients. Attorney Barry M. Chasen has more than three decades of experience and has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer rating denoting the highest level of professional excellence. Attorney Benjamin T. Boscolo joined the firm in 1987, is licensed in Maryland and Washington, DC. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, Prince George’s County Bar Association, and American Association for Justice.
CHASENBOSCOLO also provides a No Fee Guarantee®, to ensure your peace of mind when it comes to affording legal fees. With our No Fee Guarantee®, you pay absolutely nothing until you get a financial award. Our firm can negotiate a fair settlement in your case that provides for all the expenses related to your diagnosis, treatment, and loss of past and future wages. We can also file a lawsuit when an insurance company refuses to make an adequate offer.
Types of Asbestos Lung Cancer Cases We Handle
Lung cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in the United States, but it is the leading cause of cancer death. Asbestos exposure can lead to a lung cancer diagnosis, and there are certain kinds of lung cancer stemming from asbestos exposure. One of the most common kinds of cancer is mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer that develops primarily in the mesothelium, a membrane forming the lining of several organs. Mesothelioma usually involves one of four different organs:
- Pleural Mesothelioma (Lungs) — Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma. Symptoms can often be confused for other less severe respiratory diseases.
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Abdomen) — The Medscape General Medicine Journal published research that found peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for as much as 33 percent of mesothelioma cases, which makes it the second-most common type of mesothelioma.
- Pericardial Mesothelioma (Heart) — According to the International Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment, pericardial mesothelioma accounts for only 1 percent of mesothelioma cases.
- Testicular Mesothelioma — Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest form of mesothelioma.
Another common kind of asbestos-related disease is asbestosis, another chronic lung condition. Other diseases related to asbestos exposure can include laryngeal cancer, ovarian cancer, and esophageal cancer.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Asbestos Lung Cancer
What products contain asbestos?
There are thousands of products that at one time contained or still could contain asbestos. Some of the most common kinds of products that may contain asbestos include, but are not limited to:
- Acoustical plaster
- Attic insulation
- Automotive products
- Brake linings and brake pads
- Cement-asbestos board (transite) products
- Fire blankets
- Heating and cooling system products
- Paints and coatings
Who is at risk of developing asbestos-related cancers?
People who are most at risk of asbestos exposure include individuals who work in industries such as aircrafts, automotive maintenance and parts manufacturing, boiler maintenance, bricklaying, carpentry, cement, chemicals, construction, crane operation, demolition, electrical work, firefighters, foundry work, insulation installation, lathing, mechanical work, millwrights, mining, naval vessel work, painting, paper mill work, piping, plastering, plumbing, power plants, railroads, roofers, sheet metal work, shipyard work, textile and paper mill work, and tile installation.
Can smokers qualify for asbestos compensation?
Yes. Smoking can exacerbate lung damage, but it does not prohibit a person from recovering compensation when their lung cancer was also caused by asbestos. Both tobacco use and asbestos will often lead to a person developing lung cancer much more quickly than tobacco or asbestos alone, but people should never assume that their smoking habit prevents them from being eligible for compensation. In most cases, the key will be proving your asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Lung Cancer Statistics
The National Cancer Institute reported that domestic consumption of asbestos in the United States was roughly 803,000 metric tons in 1973 but dropped to almost 360 metric tons by 2015. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 45,221 deaths mentioned malignant mesothelioma on death certificates in the United States as an underlying or contributing cause of death between 1999 and 2015. Of these deaths, 16,914 (37.4 percent) involved individuals between 75 years of age and 84 years of age, 36,093 (79.8 percent) involved males, 42,778 (94.6 percent) were white with 43,316 (95.8 percent) being non-Hispanic. The annual number of malignant mesothelioma deaths increased 4.8 percent from 1999 to 2015 (from 2,479 to 2,579).
According to the CDC, significantly elevated proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs) for malignant mesothelioma were found for 11 industries and 17 occupations. The highest PMRs were for ship and boat building and repairing, petroleum refining, and industrial and miscellaneous chemicals. The patient information website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), reported that approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma annually in the United States, with the average age of a pleural mesothelioma diagnosis being 69. Approximately four percent of all lung cancer cases in the United States are related to asbestos exposure.
According to a 2004 report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, asbestos-caused diseases in the United States kill approximately 9,907 Americans each year or a rate of roughly 28 deaths per day. This number of asbestos-related deaths include 4,800 from lung cancer, 2,509 from mesothelioma, 1,398 from asbestosis, and 1,200 from gastrointestinal cancer.
Contact an Asbestos Lung Cancer Attorney in Virginia
If you or your loved one been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer in Virginia, you may have a very limited amount of time to take the legal action required to obtain the financial benefits you are entitled to. This includes compensation for of your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
CHASENBOSCOLO handles asbestos-related cancer and disease cases for clients in communities throughout Virginia. Call (703) 538-1138 or contact us online today to receive a free consultation.