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Can you sue for lung cancer?

A diagnosis of lung cancer can take a serious emotional and physical toll on the affected individual and their loved ones. On top of this, it can also have a devastating financial toll that can place those affected under tremendous stress. In many cases, a lung cancer diagnosis can also cause a loss of income just as the medical bills are starting to become overwhelming.

It can take anywhere between 15 to 35 years for symptoms to develop. If you believe the negligence of another person, a manufacturer, or a former employer contributed to your lung cancer diagnosis, you may have a valid claim. Even if many years have passed, you may still be able to file a lawsuit. Talk to a lawyer about the statute of limitations in your state.

Even if you are struggling financially, you can still get legal help for lung cancer. Most lung cancer lawyers offer free consultations, so at the very least you can find out more information without having to worry about the cost.

Many lawyers also work on a contingency basis. This means your legal fees will come out of any settlement or award. Typically, if you aren’t able to settle or you lose in court, you won’t pay any fees at all. You shouldn’t let money be an obstacle to a lawsuit without consulting with an attorney first to see what can be done.

How Negligence Can Cause Lung Cancer

The first step in determining whether or not negligence was the cause of your lung cancer is understanding how a company’s negligence can be a contributing factor.

Exposure to Toxins

There are a number of toxic chemicals workers can be exposed to at work that can cause them to develop lung cancer. Some of them include petroleum products, uranium, arsenic, nickel, chromium, and cadmium.

Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos is a deadly type of cancer that mainly affects the lungs but can also occur in the abdomen, the lining of the heart, and the testicles. Most people who are diagnosed with asbestos developed the condition after being exposed to asbestos at work, causing them to inhale tiny particles into their lungs. These asbestos fibers then form malignant tumors.

Many women have also developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos fibers in baby powder. Today it is made from cornstarch, but until recently it was made from talc, which naturally contains asbestos.

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

Sometimes lung cancer can be misdiagnosed as another condition like bronchitis, pneumonia, or tuberculosis. By the time it’s correctly diagnosed, the patient could have missed out on the opportunity for live-saving treatment.

Lung Cancer Compensation

There are several different sources you may be able to turn to for lung cancer compensation. This could include an asbestos trust fund set up by a manufacturer or a former employer, workers’ compensation insurance, personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, and Social Security benefits.

If you developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos while serving in the military, you could also recover compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs by filing a VA claim for veterans asbestos exposure.

You may be able to recover any economic and non-economic damages that are related to your lung cancer. This includes your medical treatments, future medical treatments, and your palliative care. Your non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and diminished quality of life.

Lung cancer can also affect your loved ones, and they too may be entitled to compensation for loss of consortium or support. If you are reading this now because you lost a loved one to lung cancer, you may be able to sue for funeral expenses and future loss of household income.

One thing you’ll need to keep in mind regarding lung cancer lawsuits is the statute of limitations. Each state has a time limit in which you can file a lawsuit, and if you miss it your suit will be thrown out. You should ask an attorney about the time limit in your state as soon as possible.

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