Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuit

Lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and for many patients, asbestos exposure may be to blame. You may be eligible for compensation if you've been diagnosed with lung cancer caused by asbestos.

At Sokolove Law, we’ve secured over $5.4 Billion for families impacted by asbestos-related illnesses. Call (800) 647-3434 now to see if we can help you pursue asbestos lung cancer lawsuit settlements.

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Filing a Lung Cancer Lawsuit in 2024

Filing an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit involves the companies who manufactured asbestos-containing products and acted negligently. An asbestos lawsuit does not necessarily include suing your former employer or any of the U.S. military branches.

The companies that used asbestos in their products knew about the risks for years. They covered up the facts to keep making money.

Why file an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit with Sokolove Law?

  • Over 45 years of experience as a leading national asbestos law firm
  • More than $5.4 Billion recovered for our asbestos exposure clients
  • Successfully helped over 8,600 families impacted by asbestos-related diseases
  • Many clients start receiving compensation in as few as 90 days 
  • $30 Billion estimated to be available in asbestos trust funds

Our lawyers can help families in all 50 states file asbestos lung cancer lawsuits. There are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with us.

Contact Sokolove Law now to find out if you may be eligible for compensation from an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit.

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Video Summary: Sokolove Law Managing Attorney Ricky LeBlanc discusses the risk of asbestos-related lung cancer among veterans.

Many veterans who develop lung cancer often turn to their cigarettes and say that's what caused it. Yes, it's a well-known fact that tobacco smoke can cause lung cancer, but exposure to asbestos dust can also cause lung cancer.

I was issued cigarettes in boot camp at 17 years old. They were supplied to us. If you didn't smoke, you didn't get a break on the drilling field. The term smoke if you got them, if you had smokes and the DI wanted to take a smoke break, you can take one with him. If not, keep drilling. So you were almost encouraged to smoke in the military back when.

People who've been exposed to both tobacco smoke and to asbestos dust have a greater likelihood of developing lung cancer than if they had been exposed to just tobacco smoke or just asbestos dust. This is what's called a synergistic effect. That is that the likelihood of one exposure or the other is multiplied together when both occur.

You have not only the asbestos-related cancers, lung cancers, but you also have the tobacco-related, who knows how many other kinds from chemicals and just things that we inhaled during the course of our service. Veterans are at a higher risk for all kinds of cancers that the average civilian wouldn't be.

Why File an Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuit?

By filing an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit with our attorneys, we can help you seek compensation for the pain you’ve experienced and take action against the companies responsible for your illness.

An asbestos lung cancer lawsuit can: 

  • Ease financial difficulties caused by treatment costs
  • Help families afford burial and funeral expenses
  • Hold negligent companies accountable for exposing victims to asbestos

Asbestos lung cancer lawsuits shed light on the tragic consequences of corporate negligence and send a powerful message to those who put profits over people.

"It makes me mad and sad to think that these manufacturers knew asbestos could hurt people and continued to make these products for years and years — and look what it's done to the love of my life. It's heartbreaking."
– Dee, Wife of a Patient & Firm Client

You shouldn’t have to suffer because of corporate greed. Compensation from an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit can provide your family with financial security and a sense of closure during this difficult time.

Who Can Sue for Lung Cancer?

You may be able to sue for lung cancer if you were exposed to asbestos and it played a role in your illness. Family members may be able to file asbestos claims after death if their loved one has already passed away.

To file an asbestos claim, your legal team generally needs to:

  • Gather medical records that prove a diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness like mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis
  • Prove your history of asbestos exposure through employment or military records
  • File your claim within deadlines known as statutes of limitations, which vary from state to state

Even if you were a long-time smoker before your diagnosis, you may still be able to file a lawsuit against asbestos-related companies for your lung cancer.

Call (800) 647-3434 now to see if you qualify for compensation from a lung cancer lawsuit. Speaking with us is free.

Types of Asbestos Lung Cancer

Any type of lung cancer may be caused by exposure to asbestos, which means all lung cancer patients and their families may be eligible to take legal action.

Types of asbestos lung cancer can include: 

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Adenosquamous carcinoma
  • Combined small cell carcinoma
  • Large cell carcinoma
  • Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC)
  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
  • Sarcomatoid carcinoma
  • Small cell carcinoma
  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

While not technically a type of lung cancer, asbestos exposure can also cause pleural mesothelioma, which forms in the lining of the lungs.

Lung cancer treatments are often costly. Our asbestos law firm can take legal action against the companies responsible for your illness, so you can get help paying for the care you deserve.

How to File an Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuit

When you work with Sokolove Law, your experienced asbestos lung cancer lawyers and legal team can help you navigate every step of the asbestos lung cancer claim process.

Filing an asbestos lung cancer claim often includes:

  • Getting a free case review: Reach out to Sokolove Law for a free case review to see if you may be eligible to file an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit.
  • Gathering evidence of your exposure history: If we believe you have grounds for pursuing asbestos lung cancer compensation, your legal team will begin working with you to gather the evidence needed to prove your exposure history and diagnosis.
  • Filing an asbestos lung cancer claim: Once we know how you were exposed, we’ll identify the potential defendants in your case and file asbestos lung cancer claims for compensation on your behalf before any deadlines.
  • Receiving asbestos lung cancer compensation: We’ll work to secure an asbestos lung cancer settlement from each of the companies responsible for your exposure.

In some cases, we don't need to go through the entire lawsuit process to secure compensation. Your family could receive an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit payout without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Get the Help You Deserve

At Sokolove Law, our asbestos lung cancer lawyers can fight for compensation on your behalf. See if you qualify now.

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Do I Need a Lawyer for Lung Cancer Claims?

Working with an asbestos attorney to file your lung cancer claims may help increase your chances of receiving compensation. 

Our firm has the experience needed to level the playing field against large asbestos companies. For over 45 years, we’ve helped families nationwide secure the money they need for treatments and other expenses.

Our asbestos lung cancer attorneys can help you:

  • Determine your eligibility to file an asbestos lung cancer claim
  • File claims against all of the companies responsible for your asbestos exposure
  • Stay informed as your case proceeds through the legal system
  • Receive compensation for your asbestos-related cancer

Given our long history of filing asbestos claims, we may have already represented someone who was harmed by the same products or companies as you.

You shouldn't have to work hard — your lawyer should. Let us put our decades of experience to work for you. Get started now with a free case review.

“Hiring Sokolove Law was the smartest thing we ever did. Filing the lawsuit was easy because the firm made it easy. We didn’t have to do anything.”
– John, Firm Client

Our Past Asbestos Lung Cancer Compensation Amounts

Filing an asbestos claim may result in lung cancer settlements from the companies that made the asbestos-containing products you were exposed to.

At Sokolove Law, we’ve recovered more than $5.4 Billion for families impacted by asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer.

Some of our past asbestos lung cancer compensation amounts include:

  • $1.6 Million to a California plumber with lung cancer whose wife passed away from lung cancer caused by secondhand asbestos exposure
  • $1 Million for a master electrician in New York with asbestos lung cancer
  • $912,000 to a West Virginia patient with non-small cell lung cancer
  • $825,000 for a steel mill worker with lung cancer in Arizona
  • $760,000 for a Mississippi lung cancer patient who was exposed to asbestos in boiler rooms
  • $757,000 to an Ohio steelworker with asbestos on the lungs
  • $809,000 to a stage 4 lung cancer patient in North Carolina
  • $902,000 for the brother of a non-small cell lung cancer victim and construction worker in California

While there’s no guarantee of an asbestos lung cancer settlement, our lawyers will fight hard to get you the most compensation possible in your case.

Call (800) 647-3434 now to find out if your family may qualify for an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit settlement. It costs nothing to speak with us.

How Much Can You Get from Lung Cancer Lawsuits?

The average lung cancer settlement is $100,000 — though we’ve secured far higher results for many clients. Payout amounts may vary based on the specific details of each case.

Factors that determine how much compensation may be awarded in a lung cancer lawsuit include the:

  • Extent and duration of the asbestos exposure
  • Location where the case is filed
  • Number of companies responsible for the exposure
  • Severity of the client’s asbestos-related disease

At Sokolove Law, we’ll use our decades of experience and warehouses of evidence to fight for the most compensation possible in your case. Let us get you the money you deserve.

"I really appreciate Sokolove Law. They help you, and they treat you like a person and not a number."
– Dennis, Firm Client

Asbestos Lung Cancer Lawsuit Deadlines

There are deadlines for filing an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit called statutes of limitations, which vary by state. After a certain time, you’ll no longer be able to take legal action and pursue compensation.

Fortunately, Sokolove Law can help you file a claim and secure compensation before it’s too late.

The sooner we start gathering evidence about your work history and the products you may have been exposed to, the sooner you may start receiving compensation.

Don’t miss your chance for justice. Contact Sokolove Law now for a free, no-obligation case review.

Asbestos and Lung Cancer: An Overview

When asbestos was first introduced to the market, it was celebrated for its resistance to fire, water, and electricity. However, by the 1970s, this mineral was suspected of causing serious diseases. Workers at the time didn’t realize it was dangerous.

Lung cancer caused by asbestos has the same symptoms, treatment options, and prognosis as other forms of lung cancer. The only difference is that asbestos fibers are to blame instead of other risk factors.

Asbestos fibers are often invisible to the naked eye. When a product that contains asbestos is disturbed, the fibers enter the surrounding air. People nearby can inhale these fibers without knowing it.

Once the fibers are in the lungs, they can become stuck in healthy lung tissue, irritating it and causing the tissue to become inflamed. Over several years and even decades, this damage may cause pain, scarring, and eventually lung cancer.

Asbestos Lung Cancer vs. Mesothelioma

Asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma are both caused by exposure to asbestos, can have similar symptoms, and are diagnosed with a biopsy.

However, there are some differences between these two types of cancer:

  • Asbestos lung cancer forms directly in the lungs. With lung cancer being the second most commonly diagnosed form of this disease and accounting for nearly 20% of all cancer deaths, it’s considered incredibly common and deadly.
  • Mesothelioma often forms in the lining of the lungs. It can also form in other parts of the body, like the lining of the abdomen or the lining of the heart. This type of cancer is rare, with around 3,000 new cases in the U.S. each year.

Because lung cancer starts as tumors in one local area, it's easier to treat than malignant mesothelioma. People can be successfully treated for lung cancer if tumors are removed before the cancer has spread.

Jobs at Risk of Lung Cancer from Asbestos Exposure

Products containing asbestos were used in countless buildings, vehicles, construction materials, and goods during the 20th century. Dozens of industries relied heavily on asbestos, which exposed many workers on a regular basis.

Anyone who worked at job sites where asbestos was used is at an increased risk of developing lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases, even decades after they were exposed.

Jobs with a high risk of asbestos exposure include:

  • Aerospace workers
  • Aircraft mechanics
  • Automotive technicians
  • Boilermakers
  • Cabinet makers
  • Carpenters
  • Coal miners
  • Chemical plant workers
  • Construction workers
  • Electricians
  • Firefighters
  • Military veterans
  • 9/11 first responders
  • Pipefitters
  • Plumbers
  • Power plant workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Shipyard workers and shipbuilders
  • Steamfitters
  • Union members
  • Welders

While military veterans make up 33% of all diagnoses, U.S. Navy veterans face the greatest risk of asbestos-related diseases. For a time, asbestos was used on all naval ships due to its water- and heat-resistant qualities.

Spouses and children can also be put at risk through secondhand asbestos exposure. Workers who wore their uniforms home may have unintentionally exposed their families to these dangerous fibers.

Our Asbestos Lung Cancer Law Firm Works for You

At Sokolove Law, our asbestos lung cancer law firm has helped thousands of victims receive compensation. Lung cancer lawsuit settlements can help pay for your medical expenses and lost wages due to your illness.

We’ve secured over $5.4 Billion for asbestos exposure victims across all 50 states. While each case is different, our team will fight for the most compensation possible in your case.

There are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our asbestos lung cancer law firm. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means we only get paid if your case results in compensation.

To get started with your claim, call (800) 647-3434 or fill out our contact form now. We’re standing by to answer any questions you may have.

Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer Claims FAQs

What is a lung cancer lawsuit?

A lung cancer lawsuit is a legal claim filed against asbestos-related companies whose products may have played a role in your lung cancer diagnosis.

These lawsuits allow victims to seek asbestos lung cancer compensation that can help pay for treatment costs and other expenses.

Call (800) 647-3434 now to see if you may be eligible to file a lung cancer lawsuit.

Who can file a lung cancer lawsuit?

You may be able to file a lung cancer lawsuit if you were diagnosed with lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos, years or even decades prior.

Family members may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who passed away from an asbestos-related disease.

Our lawyers may be able to help if you’re their:

  • Spouse
  • Child
  • Parent
  • Estate representative

Get free help determining your eligibility to file a lawsuit. We’ll fight hard to get you everything you’re entitled to.

Can you get compensation for lung cancer caused by asbestos?

Yes. Families impacted by asbestos lung cancer may receive hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in many cases.

Compensation for lung cancer caused by asbestos may be available from:

  • Lawsuit settlements or verdicts
  • Asbestos trust funds, which contain an estimated $30 Billion
  • Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

When pursuing compensation on your behalf, our asbestos lung cancer attorneys will strive to maximize your total payout.

What is the average settlement for asbestos lung cancer?

The average settlement for asbestos lung cancer is $100,000, though this amount may vary based on the specific details of each case.

At Sokolove Law, some of our past asbestos lung cancer compensation amounts include:

  • $1.6 Million to a plumber whose wife passed away from asbestos lung cancer caused
  • $1 Million for a New York electrician with asbestos lung cancer
  • $912,000 to a non-small cell lung cancer victim in West Virginia
  • $902,000 for the family of a construction worker with asbestos lung cancer
  • $825,000 to an Arizona steel mill worker with lung cancer
  • $809,000 for a stage 4 lung cancer patient in North Carolina

Contact us now to see if we can fight for an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit settlement on your behalf.

Can I get asbestos lung cancer compensation even if I smoked?

Absolutely. You may still be eligible for asbestos lung cancer compensation even if you have a history of smoking.

A single exposure to asbestos can cause someone to develop lung cancer decades later. We can determine when and how you may have been exposed to asbestos and then pursue compensation on your behalf.

Is there a time limit on filing lung cancer claims?

Yes. The amount of time you have to file a lung cancer claim is determined by state laws known as the statute of limitations. The deadline for taking legal action depends on the state where the case is filed.

Contact us as soon as possible after your diagnosis to make sure you take action in time. Asbestos lung cancer compensation may be available, but only if you act fast.

How long does an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit take?

In as few as 90 days, clients may begin to receive compensation from an asbestos lung cancer claim. The payout timeline for each lawsuit will vary, as no two cases are alike.

If you have lung cancer caused by asbestos, our lawyers can fight to get you the most compensation as quickly as possible.

What is the disability rating for asbestos lung cancer?

The disability rating for asbestos lung cancer is 100%, which allows veterans with lung cancer to receive the highest payments possible from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

At Sokolove Law, we have VA-accredited attorneys on staff who can help you prepare your claim for disability benefits.

Call (800) 647-3434 now to see if we can help you file a lung cancer claim with the VA.

What benefits can I claim if I have lung cancer?

Some of the VA benefits for lung cancer include over $3,700 per month in disability compensation, free health care, and pensions. Family members of veterans who passed away from lung cancer may also be eligible for benefits.

Additionally, compensation may be available to patients and their loved ones from legal claims. Filing an asbestos lung cancer lawsuit won’t impact your ability to receive VA benefits.

Does asbestos cause lung cancer?

Yes. Breathing in asbestos fibers has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Workers exposed to asbestos on a regular basis have a greater chance of developing lung cancer, as increased levels of exposure are considered more dangerous.

Get a free case review now to see if your family may qualify for asbestos lung cancer compensation.

How much asbestos causes lung cancer?

There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Even breathing in a single fiber can increase your chances of getting lung cancer from asbestos.

It’s important to always take precautions when working with or around products that may contain asbestos.

How does asbestos cause lung cancer?

Asbestos often becomes airborne when disturbed, and once inhaled, the fibers can become trapped in your lungs and irritate healthy tissue.

After years of irritation, cells may become cancerous. It can take decades for someone to develop lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos.

What type of lung cancer is caused by asbestos?

Any type of lung cancer can be caused by asbestos, including:

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Adenosquamous carcinoma
  • Combined small cell carcinoma
  • Large cell carcinoma
  • Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC)
  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
  • Sarcomatoid carcinoma
  • Small cell carcinoma
  • Small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

Asbestos can also cause another serious type of cancer called mesothelioma, which can form in the lining of the lungs.

Call (800) 647-3434 now if you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma, or another disease caused by asbestos. You may be eligible for compensation.

What are asbestos lung cancer symptoms?

Symptoms of asbestos lung cancer are similar to those of non-asbestos lung cancer. The long latency period of asbestos-related diseases means the health effects will start mild and worsen over time before they are finally noticed.

Symptoms of asbestos lung cancer include:

  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent cough
  • Phlegm
  • Shortness of breath and lack of oxygen

If you experience any of these symptoms for several weeks and do not improve, you should see a doctor.

How do I get an asbestos lung cancer diagnosis?

Imaging scans can look for tumors inside the chest cavity, while a biopsy removes a tissue sample from the lungs so doctors can test it for cancer.

Asbestos lung cancer is diagnosed through tests that include:

  • Biopsies
  • Chest X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRIs

An important part of the diagnosis process is telling your doctor about your history of asbestos exposure. This can help them rule out less serious diseases and factor in asbestos-related diseases.

What is the asbestos lung cancer life expectancy?

Depending on the type of lung cancer you have, the estimated average asbestos lung cancer life expectancy can range from 5 months to 57 months.

Your prognosis will vary depending on how far the cancer has spread at the time of diagnosis. Generally speaking, a lung cancer prognosis is quite poor if the cancer has spread to other sites on the body.

How is asbestos lung cancer treated?

Asbestos lung cancer is typically treated through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Doctors will remove cancerous masses and administer treatments to the surrounding areas.

It’s important to seek medical treatment for lung cancer as soon as possible. Treatment can help prevent it from spreading to other sites. If the cancer spreads too far, surgery may not be an option. In these cases, palliative care can be used to comfort lung cancer patients.

Medical expenses associated with treating lung cancer are very expensive. Health insurance may cover some of the costs, but it may not be enough to pay for all your expenses.

Contact us now to see if you may be eligible for compensation to help you pay for asbestos lung cancer treatments.

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