Of all the various conditions which can be caused by inhaling asbestos fibres, lung cancer is one of the most common. Affecting the lives of hundreds of individuals, this illness can have a serious affect on their lives, preventing them from doing things which many of us take for granted.
If you have been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer, our solicitors could greatly improve your quality of life.
How is lung cancer caused?
Although smokers could be most at risk of developing lung cancer, inhalation of asbestos fibres is another prominent cause of this condition. Sadly, the Health and Safety Executive estimates that asbestos-related lung cancer claims the lives of approximately 2,000 people each year.
While this material is relatively harmless in its solid form, it has the potential to cause health problems when damaged or disturbed. In this situation, the resulting fibres can enter the lungs where they remain – perhaps leading to scarring, inflammation of the affected area, or even other conditions such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
After suffering prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres, individuals could develop lung cancer – which occurs in the surrounding tissue and often obstructs air passages. Although initial symptoms can become apparent up to 30 years after originally coming into contact with this material, this might vary depending on several factors, such as whether or not the sufferer has a history of smoking.
Do I have asbestos-related lung cancer?
If you previously worked with this material, and are exhibiting the following symptoms, you may wish to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner as soon as possible.
Some of the most common signs of lung cancer include:
- A persistent cough
- Feeling aches or pains when coughing or breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss or diminished appetite
- Coughing up blood
- Reduced energy or routinely feeling tired
If you were employed in an industry which has a history of high asbestos use, such as shipbuilding, construction, or plumbing, but are not exhibiting symptoms of asbestos-related disease, you should still consider undergoing regular medical tests to detect any potential health problems.
Could I claim compensation? How much could I receive?
If you developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos, you should contact Seth Lovis & Co for more information about pursuing damages. Between them, our experienced team have more than 65 years of experience in dealing with asbestos-related cases and have secured millions of pounds worth of compensation.
Although the amount you receive could differ depending on various factors, many successful asbestos lung cancer claims typically result in clients receiving between £50,000 and £64,000 in damages.
To find out whether you could benefit from our decades of experience, please call us today on 0370 218 4025 or complete an online enquiry form and a member of our team will contact you by telephone to discuss your enquiry in more detail.