Asbestos causes lung cancer. Epidemiologic studies have established that there is a dose-response relationship in asbestos-induced lung cancers. The longer the exposure to asbestos and the greater the exposure to asbestos, the more likely it is that the lung cancer will be caused by asbestos. Generally, a 15-year latency period exists from the first exposure to asbestos to the development of the lung cancer. The latency period can also be much longer, i.e., 30 to 50 years.
A History As A Smoker Does Not Erase Your Legal Rights
Many people diagnosed with lung cancer assume or are told by others that if they smoked, a lawsuit against an asbestos manufacturer or supplier could never succeed. It is important to understand that this is not the case. In fact, the effect of cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure is synergistic — cigarette smoking increases the risk of developing asbestos-related lung cancer.
It has been reported that cigarette smoking increases the lung cancer risk 11 times (11x) and asbestos 5 times (5x) when compared to a nonsmoking nonasbestos population. When there is both a history of cigarette smoking and asbestos exposure there is a 55 times (55x) increased risk. The effect of cigarette smoking and asbestos is multiplicative rather than additive. All asbestos-fiber types cause lung cancer.
The dedicated asbestos litigation attorneys at our law firm of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C. — Edwin H. Beachler and Craig E. Coleman — are here to help you and your family with a legal strategy. With over 50 years of combined experience focused on asbestos cases, we are well equipped to handle your case. For a free, no-risk consultation, contact us today.
Diligent Investigation To Prepare Your Case
We actively investigate and pursue all sources of recovery on behalf of our clients. It may not matter how many other lung cancer risks you may have encountered during your life, breathing asbestos fibers was most likely a critical factor in your cancer. For example, you may have:
- Developed lung cancer without ever smoking
- Had a previous diagnosis of asbestosis or pleural plaques
- Worked in an occupation or on a job site known as a source of asbestos exposure, perhaps for many years or in a high-exposure environment
If you have been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer, please feel free to call us at 866-466-5789 or email us. We will pursue monetary damages against all responsible parties. We will pursue monetary damages against all responsible parties. There will be no attorney fees unless we succeed on your behalf. Our goal is to help you deal with the legal aspects of your asbestos related lung cancer so you can concentrate on your treatment.