Washington D.C., Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawyers
The team at CHASENBOSCOLO represents people who have developed cancer as a result of being exposed to asbestos. Asbestos has been linked to various forms of terminal cancer that cut victims’ lives short and cause extreme physical, financial, and emotional stress. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos because of your occupation, military service, or for any other reason, you may be able to collect compensation from those responsible for your exposure.
While asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral, it is incredibly harmful to the human body. Unfortunately, the link between fatal illnesses and asbestos exposure wasn’t linked for quite some time. Because of it’s fibrous, lightweight, and flame-retardant properties, asbestos was widely used in commercial and residential construction. Unfortunately, the very properties that make asbestos an asset for building make it dangerous to humans.
Asbestos-related illnesses often develop when the fibers that make up its structure are inhaled. Upon inhalation, these fibers can become lodged in the membranous linings surrounding vital organs. A healthy majority of asbestos-related cancer diagnoses are preceded by a significant latency period. So many people who become sick from asbestos exposure do not develop symptoms for years, or even decades, after their exposure.
If you’ve developed a life-threatening illness after being exposed to asbestos, you need a lawyer that understands how to fight for you and get results. The team at CHASENBOSCOLO has decades of experience representing people just like you. For a completely free consultation, give us a call today at (301) 220-0050.
Do I Need an Asbestos Lung Cancer Attorney?
Fighting for the compensation that you deserve for asbestos-related cancers can be incredibly complicated. Often, insurers for the at-fault parties employ brutal delay tactics in attempts to avoid paying your settlement promptly. Many asbestos-related cancers are terminal, and liable parties understand that the settlements they are responsible for covering are significantly reduced if the victim passes away.
Not only will a skilled and experienced lawyer put pressure on insurers, but a lawyer will also conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of your asbestos exposure. A comprehensive investigation will allow your lawyer to identify all liable parties and sources of compensation. A thorough investigation is crucial in recovering the full and fair amount that you deserve.
If you are not aware of the value of your claim and you do not have an attorney helping you put pressure on the liable parties, you may be tempted to accept a lump sum settlement. The value of these settlements is almost always far below what you and your family are owed. While fast money can be tempting when you are in a financially vulnerable position, it ultimately will not cover your costs and leave you worse off. Reach out to a lawyer today to make sure that your interests are being protected.
Why Hire CHASENBOSCOLO to Handle My Case?
The attorneys at CHASENBOSCOLO understand that when you are going through a difficult time, you need a lawyer that you can trust. We have built our reputation on getting excellent results and treating our clients like family. When asbestos exposure has forced you to deal with expensive medical bills and the prospect of losing your life, you have enough to deal with.
Over the years we’ve won over 750 million dollars for clients because we care about what happens to you. Simply put, when an employer or another party has exposed you to asbestos, we are here to help. Dealing with serious financial issues while fighting a potentially fatal disease can feel like adding insult to injury.
Your financial standing shouldn’t impact whether or not you can access quality legal representation. For this reason, the CHASENBOSCOLO team offers a No Fee Guarantee to every client. Unless we recover money for you, you do not pay us a dime for the work we’ve done on your behalf.
Asbestos Lung Cancer Cases We Handle
According to the American Cancer Society, outside of skin cancer, lung cancer is the second most common cancer to affect both men and women. A man’s chance of developing lung cancer is about 1 in 17, whereas women have a 1 in 15 chance of being diagnosed. Of course, some populations at a higher risk depending on their lifestyle, occupation, and environment.
Unfortunately, workers, miners, veterans, and other people with consistent exposure to asbestos are much more likely to develop mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is cancer caused by the presence of asbestos fibers in the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a membrane which lines several vital organs. Mesothelioma typically impacts the following four organs:
- Lungs – Nearly three out of four mesothelioma cases develop in the pleura, the lining surrounding the lungs. Symptoms for pleural mesothelioma often include trouble breathing, chest pain, persistent cough, issues swallowing, lower back and rib pain, sudden weight loss, fatigue, facial swelling, and fever. While each case is different, the average life expectancy of a patient diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma is 18 months.
- Abdomen – The peritoneum is the lining of the abdomen. According to the Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center, peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for 15% to 20% of all diagnosed mesothelioma cases. Patients with peritoneal mesothelioma display symptoms such as sudden weight loss, anemia, trouble breathing, weakness, diminished appetite, stomach pain, and nausea. Patients diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma are generally expected to live from 6 to 12 months.
- Heart – Pericardial mesothelioma forms around the heart. Patients diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma often experience chest pain, heart murmurs, low blood pressure, lethargy, and labored breathing. Though most cases of the pericardial mesothelioma are not diagnosed until an autopsy is performed, living patients are generally expected to live for six months.
- Testes – Testicular Mesothelioma is a rare form of mesothelioma accounting for 1% of all diagnosed cases, according to the Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center. Many patients diagnosed with testicular mesothelioma experience swelling, soreness, and inflammation. The average life expectancy ranges from about 12 to 21 months.
While mesothelioma is the most life-threatening illness caused by asbestos, patients exposed to asbestos have also developed asbestosis, laryngeal cancer, esophageal cancer, and ovarian cancer. If you have developed any illnesses related to asbestos exposure, you are facing serious challenges in the coming months. Reach out to a CHASENBOSCOLO lawyer to learn how we can support you during this time.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with lung cancer related to asbestos exposure, we know you are facing countless physical, emotional, and financial stressors. Our lawyers are here to guide you and inform you of your legal options. We know you have questions, and we are ready to address them. Read over some frequently asked questions and reach out to us today at (301) 220-0050 for a cost-free case evaluation.
Do I have an asbestos lung cancer case if I am (or was) a smoker?
Although smoking increases your risk for developing lung disease, it does not bar you from being able to file a claim against those responsible for your asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos and later went on to develop lung cancer, an experienced lawyer can evaluate the facts of your case and work to prove how your asbestos exposure is, in part, responsible for your condition.
Which products contain asbestos?
Products can still be manufactured with asbestos as long as it accounts for less than 1% of the product’s makeup. These products include brake pads, car clutches, roofing material, vinyl tiling, fire blankets, and corrugated sheets. Former goods commonly made of asbestos include gaskets, electrical cloth, cosmetics, laboratory hoods, certain plastics, talcum powder, textiles, cigarette filters, construction accessories, adhesives, shingles, roofing felt, and insulation.
Are there treatments for asbestos-related illnesses?
Yes. There are treatments for a range of conditions caused by asbestos exposure. Of course, your treatment will be entirely tailored to your condition, whether you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or another related-illness. For many people, mesothelioma is fatal, but specific therapy and treatments can ease pain, provide relief, and extend their life for some time. Early detection of any asbestos-related illness is typically the key to successfully addressing health issues. If you may be suffering from an asbestos-related illness, see your doctor as soon as possible.
What is the difference between asbestosis and mesothelioma?
Although asbestosis and mesothelioma have similar symptoms and are both caused by exposure to asbestos, they are not the same condition. Unlike mesothelioma, asbestosis is not a cancerous disease. In many cases, with careful monitoring and treatment, people with asbestosis can live for decades, whereas those diagnosed with mesothelioma have a much shorter life expectancy. It is essential to know, however, that patients diagnosed with asbestosis may be more likely to develop mesothelioma in the future. For this reason, regular medical screenings are incredibly important.
Reach Out to an Asbestos Lung Cancer Attorney Today
Cancers caused by asbestos exposure have a lasting impact on Washington D.C. families. Since the symptoms often do not display until later in life, the toll that these diseases can have on our elderly family members is devastating. Though our Washington, D.C. injury lawyers at CHASENBOSCOLO cannot undo the harm that asbestos exposure has caused you and your loved ones, we can fight for the compensation that you need at this time. When it comes to representing you and fighting for your best interests, we don’t compromise. To discuss your situation with a member of our team, call us today at (301) 220-0050.