Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer From Asbestos
While most lung cancer is linked to smoking, asbestos exposure is also a confirmed contributor to lung cancer. It may take years to develop cancer, but once it is there, it can spread to other parts of the body in mere months. When a non-smoker has worked with asbestos and developed lung cancer a link should be suspected.
In addition to lung cancer, asbestos exposure can also cause cancer of the lung lining or the lining of other organs. This is known as mesothelioma. Other cancers, such as esophageal cancer can be contributed to by asbestos exposure.
Until the mid 1980s there was little or no protection or warning about asbestos exposure in workplaces. Some of the occupations that carried the greatest risk of asbestos exposure, leading to greater risk of asbestos related cancer later in life, are:
- Shipyard workers
- Oil refinery workers
- Auto mechanics
- Sheet metal workers
- Freight and materials handlers
- Construction workers
- Textile workers
- Insulation installers
- Railway workers
- Armed forces service
- Asbestos removal
However, there are many other ways you or a loved one might have come into contact with asbestos. There are many cases of illness caused by secondary exposure through a family member who has worked with asbestos. When a diagnosis of lung cancer comes up and there is reason to believe asbestos played a role, it is important to get clear medical diagnosis and then secure qualified legal counsel that can help you through the legal claims process.
Lawyers for Canadian Mesothelioma Cases
Past lawsuits in the United States have cleared the way for compensation from funds for victims of asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma from companies that were sued into bankruptcy. In these cases, you will not have to go to court at all. The investigation and filing procedure, however, can be quite complex, as all of the trusts set up to compensate asbestos related lung cancer sufferers are in the United States. People living in Canada are generally entitled to file claims. Only a few Canadian lawyers have any experience navigating these particular international legal waters. There are some “consultants” in Canada who provide trust fund claim services but they are not licensed Canadian lawyers and are unregulated. Miskin Law has dedicated the past decade to ensuring that Canadian residents get relief and compensation for these conditions. Rather than refer your case to a law firm in the United States (a common practice with this type of case), our licensed and regulated Canadian lawyers will handle the case personally, so that the nuances of Canadian workplaces and law will be handled expertly.
If a loved one has developed lung cancer or mesothelioma in Canada or the United States and is gravely ill or has died from exposure to asbestos, medical records can prove it, and then we can secure compensation. Miskin Law will investigate the source of exposure, which manufacturers were involved, and where to file claims. There is no charge until and unless we succeed in getting you money.
Whether you are local to our Whitby and Peterborough offices in the Greater Toronto Area in Southern Ontario, or live anywhere else in Canada, Miskin Law can help. Get legal advice right away. Taking steps (such as filing for workers’ compensation) without first getting legal advice could be fatal to your claim, as could any delay to starting the process. Call or email us for a free consultation.