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Asbestos-caused laryngeal or esophageal cancer cases are difficult to approach, but we have strong evidence to support a link between occupational asbestos exposure and this type of cancer. Our attorneys will help victims or family members get compensation for esophageal/throat/laryngeal cancer.

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Asbestos Exposure Increases the Risk of Esophageal/Throat/Laryngeal Cancer by 40%

Even though the main risk factors for laryngeal/esophageal cancer are excessive alcohol consumption and habitual tobacco use, our studies revealed that frequent or long-term exposure to asbestos in the workplace may also represent a causational factor. Thus, it has been estimated that the risk of developing one of these cancers increases significantly when regular asbestos exposure accompanies alcohol consumption and smoking. Additionally, men are four times more prone to develop asbestos-caused esophageal or laryngeal cancer than women, which most likely has to do with the fact that they were the primary demographic exposed to the carcinogenic fibers.

Correlation between occupational asbestos exposure and esophageal cancer has been demonstrated by the existence of fibers stuck in the throat upon biopsies and other medical diagnosis tests. As for laryngeal cancer, The International Agency for Research on Cancer agreed that asbestos exposure can lead to it, as asbestos fibers can get stuck in the vocal cords causing it.

As in the case of the other diseases caused by asbestos exposure, esophageal and laryngeal cancer may develop following the inhalation or ingestion of toxic airborne asbestos fibers. Because asbestos fibers have a needle-like shape, they can easily embed themselves in the lining of the esophagus or larynx, where they will gradually cause inflammation and tissue scarring. Subsequently, a malignant tumor may grow. Moreover, if asbestos fibers made their way into the lungs, some of them may become stuck in the esophagus or larynx when coughing. It is not uncommon for victims of exposure to suffer from two related diseases at the same time when it comes to asbestos, such as lung cancer and esophageal cancer.

Common Esophageal and Laryngeal Cancer Symptoms After Asbestos Exposure

The most frequently experienced symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

  • chest pain
  • indigestion or heartburn which does not alleviate
  • trouble swallowing
  • hoarseness
  • coughing
  • unexplained weight loss
  • hiccups
  • frequent vomiting
  • blood in the esophagus

As for laryngeal cancer, the most common symptoms are the following:

  • difficulty swallowing
  • a chronic cough
  • pain while swallowing
  • a persistent sore throat
  • trouble breathing
  • a lump in your neck
  • pain in your ears
  • a change in your voice, such as hoarseness
  • unintentional weight loss

Esophageal Cancer Misdiagnosis and Asbestos Exposure Work History

Misdiagnosis for esophageal/throat/laryngeal cancer is so common today that these serious diseases can be mistaken for a mere cold or a less severe condition such as pneumonia. If you have a history of occupational asbestos exposure, it is of utmost importance to keep a close eye on your health and seek medical help in the event you notice any bothersome even common symptoms. Our staff and attorneys also advise you to look for multiple medical opinions, since many of the most experienced specialists may give a wrong diagnosis. It is crucial for you to mention during your medical examination that you used to work with asbestos, as this will give your doctor a different perspective on your symptoms.

In the regrettable event you are diagnosed with esophageal or laryngeal cancer, please do not hesitate to contact our lawyers as soon as possible. Asbestos victims and also family members are eligible for financial compensation from asbestos trust funds and our attorneys will help you file a claim to recover compensation. Monetary compensation might be useful when it comes to medical care and lost income. At Environmental Litigation Group P.C., our attorneys have been handling asbestos exposure cases, since 1990, and have now gathered a lot of medical evidence, research and documentation for asbestos cases. The legal process for asbestos throat cancer requires your minimal involvement, since no litigation is involved, and you will only have to bring your employment and medical records.

Asbestos Exposure Esophageal/Throat/Laryngeal Cancer Victims Are Eligible for Compensation

Whether you or a family member suffers from esophageal or laryngeal cancer, we strongly encourage you to contact our specialized attorneys and skillful legal team as soon as you get a definite diagnosis. The earlier we begin working on your case, the larger the sum of money we can recover on your behalf, as the process is quite complex. It is also important to keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations which will prevent you from claiming the compensation you deserve if it expires. This statute of limitations usually varies between 1 and 3 years, depending on the state you live in. Call and our attorneys are able to evaluate your eligibility for asbestos trust funds claims.

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Family Members with a Esophageal/Throat/Laryngeal Cancer Diagnosis Due to Asbestos Exposure

Even though you have not been working with asbestos during the last century, you might have still been exposed to the carcinogen asbestos fibers. Secondary asbestos exposure, which refers to coming in contact with a toxic agent indirectly, was extremely widespread throughout those times, which is why nowadays, approximately 10% of people who suffer from asbestos-related diseases have never been around the mineral themselves. However, most of them had a family member who handled asbestos on the job, which is how exposure took place. By laundering asbestos-laden clothes or by touching a person who has just returned from work, people would inhale and ingest carcinogenic fibers as well.

Therefore, if you have a diagnosis of esophageal/throat/laryngeal cancer and shared a house with a family member who worked with asbestos, chances are you are a victim of secondary asbestos exposure. You and your immediate family members are eligible for financial compensation from asbestos trust funds, an endeavor which our attorneys will pursue in order to obtain maximum eligible compensation.

If you have a history of asbestos exposure and you were a smoker, you CAN file a claim to recover compensation.

Lost a Family Member to Asbestos Esophageal/Throat/Laryngeal Cancer, Our Lawyers Will Recover Compensation on Their Behalf

Refusing or postponing legal action is very common for the majority of asbestos victims while they are alive since they have the misconception that the legal process will be very exhausting. Nonetheless, since asbestos trust funds now represent the primary source of compensation to asbestos victims, the process is fast and easy for our clients, since our attorneys already have the resources and documentation needed to prove eligibility for the asbestos trust fund claims.

If you lost a loved one to esophageal or laryngeal cancer caused by workplace asbestos exposure, please contact our lawyers and they will promptly help you recover compensation on their behalf from one or multiple asbestos trust funds. All the documents you have to provide us with are their employment and medical records, as well as the death certificate.

How Do Our Attorneys Handle Esophageal/Throat/Laryngeal Cancer Cases?

While recovering compensation for these asbestos related diseases is not as easy as in the case of lung cancer or mesothelioma, they have been proven to be caused by asbestos exposure and therefore, our attorneys will be able to help you nonetheless. In general, the legal process goes as follows:

  • after you provide us with the necessary documents and explain your situation including as many details as you can remember, one of our attorneys will take over your case
  • we will then begin working on your case by gathering more evidence of your past asbestos exposure, the products you came in contact with on the job, the companies you worked for and other crucial aspects
  • when your asbestos claim is ready for submission, we will send it to one or multiple asbestos trust funds, depending on how many companies you were employed at
  • you should receive your money in monthly installments within 3 to 6 months from claim submission

OUR LEGAL PROCESS IN A LARYNGEAL / ESOPHAGEAL CANCER CASE

The risk of developing one of these malignant cancers increases by up to 40% when daily asbestos exposure occurs.