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Esophageal cancer lawyers

Even though the main risk factors for esophageal cancer include excessive alcohol consumption and habitual tobacco use, studies have revealed that frequent or long-term exposure to asbestos in the workplace may also act as a causational factor. Thus, it has been estimated that the risk of developing esophageal cancer increases significantly when regular asbestos exposure accompanies alcohol consumption and smoking. If you or your loved one has developed symptoms of esophageal cancer and has also been exposed to asbestos at the workplace in the past, get in touch with our specialized attorneys who will help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. We charge a 40% contingency fee, which means we only collect the fee when we successfully recover compensation for you.

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With an esophageal cancer diagnosis you have immediate eligibility and our staff and attorneys will prioritize your cases for expedited processing. You will not be required to travel and a family member will be able to handle the paperwork on your behalf.

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Asbestos exposure increases the risk of esophageal cancer by 40%

Each year, over 16,000 cases of esophageal cancer are reported in the U.S. According to the estimates of the American Cancer Society, about 17,650 people in the US will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2019. It is the seventh most common cause of death due to cancer among men.

A meta-analysis that included previous epidemiological studies performed in 2016 reported that occupational asbestos exposure is associated with an elevated risk of developing esophageal cancer and high level of asbestos exposure contributes to a significantly high risk of mortality due to esophageal cancer. Men are four times more prone to develop asbestos-caused esophageal cancer than women, which most likely has to do with the fact that they are more commonly exposed to the carcinogenic fibers.

The American Journal of Industrial Medicine published the results of a 10-year follow-up study which included 14,515 male subjects. This study established that a relationship exists between asbestos exposure and esophageal cancer.

The 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 diagnostic tests. Esophageal 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, where they will gradually cause inflammation and tissue scarring. Subsequently, a malignant tumor may grow. 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

There are two main types of esophageal cancer: adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The most frequently experienced symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

  • pain in the throat, behind the sternum, and between the shoulder blades
  • indigestion or heartburn which does not alleviate
  • trouble swallowing/painful swallowing
  • frequent choking while eating food
  • coughing up blood
  • unexplained severe weight loss
  • hoarseness
  • frequent vomiting

Esophageal cancer misdiagnosis and asbestos exposure work history

Misdiagnosis for esophageal cancer is so common today that these serious diseases can be mistaken for a mere common 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 or even common symptoms.

With asbestos exposure history these patients most of the time will have asbestos fibers present in the lungs also, even if there are no symptoms yet. The asbestos screening makes it possible for these fibers to be found. 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 throat cancer or esophageal cancer, please do not hesitate to contact our lawyers as soon as possibleAsbestos 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 requires your minimal involvement, since no litigation is involved, and you will only have to bring your employment and medical records.

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Asbestos exposure esophageal cancer victims are eligible for compensation

Asbestos-caused 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 cancer. If you or your family member has received a diagnosis of esophageal 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.

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Family members with an esophageal 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 asbestos fibers. Secondary asbestos exposure, which refers to coming in contact with a toxic agent indirectly, was extremely widespread throughout those times. It has been estimated that 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 cancer and shared a house with a family member who worked with asbestos, chances are that you could be 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 compensation.

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

If you lost a family member to asbestos esophageal cancer, our lawyers will recover compensation on their behalf

Refusing or postponing legal action is very common among asbestos victims when 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 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.

Our legal process in an esophageal cancer case

The risk of developing esophageal cancer increases by up to 40% when daily asbestos exposure occurs.


Common questions

The compensation you will receive highly depends on factors such as the severity of your diagnosis, the size of the asbestos trust fund you file with, as well as the percentage they pay out.

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Every asbestos case is unique and there are numerous factors that might influence the waiting time. Depending on the situation, asbestos claims will result in financial compensation within one month to one year.

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Yes. The money you were receiving from asbestos trust funds during your lifetime will go to your family after your death. If, however, you had not filed a claim, your family can still recover compensation.

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In order to receive compensation, you need to file a claim with the asbestos trust fund set up by the company responsible for your injury. A lawyer will speed up the process significantly.

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The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file an asbestos claim after diagnosis. It varies between one and six years, depending on the state you live in.

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Diseases caused by asbestos exposure affect 20% of former industrial workers and 30% of veterans. Every year, between 12,000 and 15,000 people lose their lives to diseases that stem from asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos is a carcinogen responsible for the occurrence of terrible diseases. However, most people who became ill had been exposed to high levels of asbestos over the course of several years.

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Veterans diagnosed with nearly any disease which occurred as a result of military asbestos exposure are considered as having a certain level of disability by the VA and thereby qualify for financial benefits.

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Since they were not required to wear any protective equipment on the job, many engineering, manufacturing, maintenance workers, and military veterans were exposed to asbestos unknowingly or inadvertently while performing their everyday duties on the job.

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Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of multiple cancers, the most common being lung cancer.

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