If Exposure To Toxins Caused Your Lung Cancer, We Can Help

Far too many workers are exposed to toxins that put them at risk for lung cancer, especially in Appalachia. Coal miners, industrial workers, railroad employees, truck drivers and power plant employees are just a few of the types of workers who breathe in dangerous chemicals every day.

At James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., we help injured and ill workers recover compensation for occupational diseases such as lung cancer. If you or a family member has lung cancer, you will need considerable compensation for your losses.

Please contact us to discuss your case with a Charleston lung cancer attorney. We represent people in West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Asbestos, Coal Dust And Other Toxins Can Cause Lung Cancer

Prolonged exposure to high levels of asbestos has been shown to cause numerous illnesses, including cancer. People are usually exposed to high levels of asbestos at their workplaces or by contact with a family member's work clothing.

People who are exposed to asbestos often breathe in the fibers. Asbestos fibers can settle throughout the lungs, damaging the lung tissue. Lung diseases caused by asbestos include asbestosis, pleural plaque, pleural thickening and pleural effusion. Lung cancer and mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer affecting the pleura, can also be caused by asbestos exposure.

Coal miners who breathe coal dust often develop black lung disease from the carbon and quartz in the air. These chemicals have also been linked to lung cancer. There are additional causes of work-related lung cancers, including exposure to toxins such as radon gas, arsenic, nickel, silica and chromium. Breathing highly polluted air or diesel exhaust can also increase the risk of lung cancer.

What Are Symptoms Of Lung Cancer?

The symptoms of lung cancer may include a persistent cough, fatigue, difficulty breathing, chest pain, weight loss and frequent recurrences of pneumonia. Because these symptoms can be associated with many illnesses, diagnosing lung cancer can be a long process.

Unfortunately, lung cancer is often an aggressive disease. Each person's prognosis depends largely on the stage at which the cancer was diagnosed. We can help to link your cancer to toxic exposure at your job, even if you were exposed many years ago.

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