Asbestos Lung Cancer and Disease
Asbestos exposure not only causes mesothelioma cancer, but several other cancerous and non-cancerous conditions. While the only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, workers with a history of asbestos exposure may not realize that their colon cancer or lung cancer is not simply the result of bad luck. GPW’s asbestos disease attorneys have defended many people who suffer from asbestos-related diseases beyond mesothelioma.
Pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial mesothelioma are all caused by asbestos exposure. Learn more about mesothelioma.
One in four cancer diagnoses in the US are cancers of the lung. Asbestos exposure can greatly increase your risk, even if you smoked. Learn more about asbestos lung cancer.
Colon, rectal, and colo-rectal cancers can result from asbestos. Learn more about asbestos-related colon cancer.
The delicate tissues of the larynx can be injured by indestructible asbestos fibers. Learn more about asbestos-related laryngeal cancer.
Asbestosis is the scarring of the lung tissue that results when asbestos fibers become lodged in the lung. This disease causes shortness of breath by limiting the lung’s ability to expand and contract. There is no treatment available for those suffering from this chronic disease. Since it takes at least 20 – 30 years from the initial exposure for asbestosis to develop, people with exposures to asbestos in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s are now being diagnosed.
Asbestos Disease Attorneys
After years of exposure without protection or warning, it is ironic that there is a sharply limited time to bring suit against those that injured you. Statutes of limitations (sometimes called statutes of repose) vary from state to state and put limitations from the time of diagnosis–or a similar event–to the time to file a lawsuit. In many states, there are only two years from the date of diagnosis in which you can file an asbestos lawsuit.
These time limitations mean researching and understanding your options early is instrumental in making sure your rights are not frustrated by an expiration date. GPW’s asbestos attorneys have years of experience they can share with you regarding filing an asbestos lawsuit. Settlements in asbestos cases, legal processes, and understanding how long your legal battle might last are just a few of the questions our clients often have. Please contact us for answers to your specific questions or to discuss, with no obligation, your case.
Asbestos litigation became prominent in the 1960s and 1970s, but suspicion about the adverse effects of asbestos exposure can be traced back centuries. Medical examinations on asbestos workers in the early 1900s laid the groundwork for continued research into the connection between asbestos exposure and disease and by the 1920s, the link was established. However, it wasn’t until the 1971 verdict of Borel v. Fiberboard that the asbestos industry began to admit responsibility for placing the lives of their workers at risk. Today, while not banned outright, asbestos is heavily regulated in the United States and many of the asbestos companies and manufacturers have declared bankruptcy due to the amount of lawsuits.