At Wool Trial, we advocate for individuals suffering from lung cancer due to exposure to toxic substances. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial burdens this disease imposes and dedicate our practice to helping victims find justice. If you or a loved one has developed lung cancer from exposure to a hazardous substance because of another party’s negligence, we can help.
When you meet with us, you will work directly with an experienced toxic tort attorney who will learn about your circumstances, determine whether you have a viable claim, and explore your legal options. We have a proven history of success in toxic tort litigation in state and federal courts and will leverage our skills and resources to win you just compensation. Call us today for a consultation.
About Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is a severe health condition primarily characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in the tissues of the lungs. According to the Mayo Clinic, the primary types of cancer affecting the lungs are small-cell and non-small-cell lung cancer. Symptoms often include a persistent cough, chest pain, hoarseness, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. While smoking is a major risk factor, significant exposure to certain harmful substances can also lead to this disease.
The Link Between Occupational Hazards and Lung Cancer
The workplace is often an overlooked arena of lung cancer-causing exposure. However, various industries, such as mining, construction, and manufacturing, can expose workers to harmful substances and chemicals known to have carcinogenic properties, such as:
- Asbestos – This is a naturally occurring material widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and automotive industries until its partial ban in 1989 and subsequent restrictions. Asbestos fibers, when inhaled, can become lodged in the lung tissues and lead to scarring, inflammation, and cancerous mutations.
- Silica dust – Workers in mining, construction, glass manufacturing, and other industries may be exposed to crystalline silica. When inhaled, these tiny particles can embed themselves in lung tissues, leading to a condition known as silicosis, which increases the risk of lung cancer.
- Radon – This naturally occurring radioactive gas can accumulate in buildings, especially in poorly ventilated basements and ground floors. Long-term radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
- Diesel exhaust – Workers in industries involving truck driving, construction, and mechanics may be exposed to diesel exhaust. Long-term exposure to diesel exhaust particles can lead to both lung and bladder cancer.
- Metals and chemicals – Certain metals, such as arsenic, chromium, and nickel, and chemicals like vinyl chloride and benzene, are known occupational carcinogens. Workers in industries like metal smelting, manufacturing, and chemical processing often face the risk of exposure to these substances.
Studies have established a clear link between occupational hazards and lung cancer. Long-term exposure to these substances, even in small amounts, can significantly increase the risk of developing lung cancer. Consequently, employers have a legal and ethical obligation to protect their employees from these dangerous substances.
Parties That May Be Liable for Lung Cancer
Any party involved in manufacturing, distributing, or using harmful substances that failed to adequately warn or protect people from exposure can be held responsible. This includes:
- Employers – Employers may be liable if they fail to provide adequate protection from harmful substances, inform workers about potential hazards, or enforce safety regulations.
- Manufacturers and distributors – Companies that produce toxic substances are responsible for the safe handling of these materials. A manufacturer or distributor that fails to ensure their safe usage, warn users about the potential risks, or negligently allows these substances to harm individuals can be held accountable.
- Property owners and landlords – Owners of properties contaminated with harmful substances such as asbestos, radon, or lead can be held liable if they were aware of (or should have been aware of) the dangerous condition and did not take proper steps to mitigate the risk.
- Installers or contractors – Installers or contractors who improperly handle or install products containing harmful substances may be held liable for causing harmful exposure.
In many cases, multiple parties may share liability. A successful toxic tort lawsuit can help secure compensation for victims, enforce accountability, and promote safer practices.
Why Wool Trial Law?
Our firm is dedicated to seeking justice for victims of toxic exposure that results in lung cancer. As experienced toxic tort attorneys, we have the knowledge, resources, and determination to take on complex cases and go up against large corporations. Our process involves a comprehensive investigation to gather evidence and identify all potential sources of harmful exposure.
We work closely with a respected network of medical and environmental experts to establish the connection between toxic exposure and the onset of lung cancer. Above all, we work to hold responsible parties accountable and aggressively pursue compensation for our clients, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, in some tragic cases, wrongful death damages. Our ultimate goal is to relieve the financial burden of our clients and help them focus on their health and recovery.
Talk To An Experienced Toxic Tort Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has developed lung cancer due to toxic exposure, turn to Wool Trial Law. With our legal team by your side, you will be confident knowing that we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and get you just compensation. Contact us today.