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Although gallbladder cancer is not as prevalent as other diseases which can result from occupational asbestos exposure and the connection between the disease and this factor is still not completely understood, several medical studies found that asbestos fibers can reach the area underneath the liver and subsequently cause malignant tumors. If you suffer from gallbladder cancer which might be the result of workplace asbestos exposure, our lawyers will spare no effort in recovering the compensation you deserve.

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Rubber and Metal Industry Workers Are at High Risk for Developing Gallbladder Cancer

There are numerous diseases which can affect the gallbladder, the tiny pouch underneath the liver responsible for secreting bile, a crucial fluid which promotes digestion, one of the most severe being cancer. Some of the most common risk factors for gallbladder and bile duct cancer are obesity, being Hispanic or Native American, the presence of gallstones or choledochal cysts, being over the age of 65, having a family history of the disease, being female, as well as suffering from various conditions which increase your susceptibility to developing it, such as porcelain gallbladder or gallbladder polyps. Nevertheless, research is still ongoing and other risk factors have been suggested, including heavy asbestos exposure.

It was found that asbestos fibers can make their way to the gallbladder either following ingestion or after inhalation, since the microscopic particles can easily travel through the bloodstream and the lymphatic system.

Accordingly, drinking water contaminated with asbestos is a significant risk factor and so is a history of employment in the rubber industry or the metal industry, as this carcinogenic mineral was involved in large amounts in those occupational settings before 1980.

By the end of 2018, gallbladder and bile duct cancer will have been responsible for the death of nearly 4,000 Americans. Interestingly, women are more predisposed to developing one of these diseases, as they have a 66% higher risk in this regard. Due to low prevalence, lack of reliable screening methods and the absence of perceivable symptoms during early stages, 1 in 5 cases are diagnosed when cancer has already spread to other organs, which decreases survival rate dramatically. Accordingly, when cancer reaches the lymph nodes, patients have 7% chances of living for 5 years or longer. If cancer spreads to distant organs in the body, the 5-year survival rate drops to 4% or less.

Since lack of awareness concerning early symptoms is a major reason why people receive late diagnoses, it is important to know the most common and the most insidious signs of gallbladder cancer, which are the following:

  • bloating
  • pain in the upper right area of the abdomen
  • nausea and vomiting
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • unexplainable weight loss
  • lumps in the abdomen
  • jaundice – yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • dark urine
  • gallbladder enlargement, which your doctor can detect
  • itchy skin
  • greasy stools

It is also worthy of note that gallbladder cancer, as well as cancer of the bile duct, while rare diseases, are very aggressive, generally metastasizing over a short period of time. This is why, if you have a history of occupational asbestos exposure or, even worse, a history of asbestos exposure and one or more of the risk factors above, we strongly advise you to keep a close eye on your health and seek medical attention immediately in the event you notice worrisome symptoms.

Gallbladder Cancer Misdiagnosis and Asbestos Exposure Work History

Considering the close proximity of the gallbladder to the liver, it should not come as a surprise that in numerous cases, gallbladder cancer is mistaken for liver cancer, which affects prognosis and life expectancy to a tremendous extent if the error is not shortly detected. Furthermore, gallbladder cancer can also be misdiagnosed as gallstones, which between 10% and 20% of the U.S. population have and which are not malignant. Despite the unofficial causal relationship between inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers and the onset of gallbladder cancer, we encourage you to inform your doctor with respect to the former, as they might decide to conduct a biopsy which could reveal the presence of asbestos fibers in your gallbladder tumor. If this happens, you will be eligible for financial compensation from the asbestos trust funds.

With nearly 30 years of experience in asbestos litigation, our lawyers are confident they will recover fair compensation for your injury if you developed gallbladder cancer as a result of workplace asbestos exposure. Depending on how many hazardous products you were exposed to on the job, we will file a claim with one or multiple asbestos trust funds, each of which eventually paying out a certain percentage of the entire sum of money you are entitled to. The only documents you will have to bring or send in are your medical records, as proof of diagnosis, and your employment records, as evidence of occupational asbestos exposure. Our professional legal team will promptly take over afterwards and present you with your compensation as soon as possible.

Gallbladder Cancer Patients with a History of Workplace Asbestos Exposure Are Eligible for Compensation

Whether your asbestos exposure took place on a construction site or in a shipyard, as long as toxic fibers are found in your gallbladder tumor, the cause of your disease is undeniable, since asbestos is known to wreak havoc on any organ it becomes attached to. Therefore, if you suffer from gallbladder cancer and believe asbestos exposure is the culprit or, at least, a contributing factor, do not hesitate to contact Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. Today, we are proud to say that our legal team has successfully pursued over 233,000 cases of toxic exposure, the majority of which involving asbestos, and we are confident we will be able to help you claim the money you deserve.

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Our Attorneys Provide Superior Legal Assistance to Family Members Injured by Asbestos Exposure, Too

During the last century, because of poor or downright non-existent industrial hygiene, asbestos would often find a way out of the occupational facilities it was employed in and reach the general population, particularly the family members of the people who worked directly with the toxic mineral. Thus, the wives and children of asbestos workers would inadvertently inhale or ingest fibers either while laundering the employee’s clothes or by interacting with him or her. Breathing in or swallowing asbestos fibers via this route is known as secondary exposure. Even though the likelihood of developing health problems due to secondary asbestos exposure is considerably lower than in the case of direct, prolonged exposure, a certain risk still exists, hence the 8% victims of secondary exposure the U.S. has at the moment.

If you shared the same dwelling with someone who was working with or around asbestos at the time, chances are you were also exposed, to a greater or lesser extent. We advise you to closely monitor your health and seek medical attention immediately should you notice one or more of the symptoms above. In the regrettable event you develop gallbladder cancer because of secondary asbestos exposure, we can also assist you with recovering the compensation you deserve. Asbestos trust funds offer money to secondary exposure victims as well and, with a little more difficulty, we will obtain the compensation you need. For additional information regarding the legal process or any concern you may have, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

If You Lost a Family Member to Gallbladder Cancer Related to Asbestos Exposure, We Will Help You File a Wrongful Death Claim

Oftentimes, asbestos victims, regardless of the disease they suffer from, are reluctant to take legal action, be it out of physical and emotional pain or fear of a complex, incessant process which will inevitably result in exhaustion. It is completely understandable why one would so easily refuse seeking legal assistance, even though they are aware the money they could obtain may be of tremendous help. However, the people left behind following the tragic demise of a victim of asbestos exposure can recover the compensation their dear one would have been eligible for if they decide to file a wrongful death claim with asbestos trust funds.

A lawyer who specializes in asbestos cases is the most suitable legal professional to deal with such a difficult situation. By providing your attorney with your loved one’s medical and employment records, our competent and experienced legal team will quickly get the process going by gathering additional necessary documents and conducting extensive research to find out more about their occupation and diagnosis. Our team also includes medical specialists who can confirm the causal relationship between gallbladder cancer and asbestos exposure, which is instrumental in receiving the maximum compensation available from the asbestos trust fund/s we file your claim with. Finally, you should keep in mind that, as any other wrongful death claim, your case has a statute of limitations which ranges between 1 and 6 years, depending on your state of residence. Consequently, taking legal action as soon as your dear one passes away is highly recommended, even though it might be extremely difficult for you and your family.

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

How Do We Pursue Gallbladder Cancer Cases?

Although pursuing cases of gallbladder cancer whose cause is believed to be asbestos exposure is extremely challenging, as the link is not official yet, our lawyers do not shy away from going to great lengths to recovering compensation for you and your family. Over our almost 30 years of existence as a law firm, we have established plenty of advantageous relationships and have access to numerous valuable resources and databases which can eventually grant you the money you deserve for your unfair injury.

The legal process typically unfolds as follows:

  • after our first consultation, we thoroughly examine the documents you provided our lawyers with, decide how your asbestos claim should be submitted and to which asbestos trust fund/s
  • we, along with our indispensable legal team, begin preparing the additional documents required for your claim and sending the paperwork in wherever necessary
  • in the meantime, our researchers will conduct careful research on your case so as to discover potentially important information which might change the course of the process and ultimately grant you a larger sum of money
  • after your claim is properly submitted to all the asbestos trust funds you meet the requirements for, you should begin receiving your compensation within 6 and 12 months, depending on the sizes of the trust fund/s and the number of claims they have to process

OUR LEGAL PROCESS IN A GALLBLADDER CANCER CASE

Women in their 50s and 60s have higher chances of getting gallbladder cancer if they are regularly exposed to asbestos(occupational or secondary exposure from a family member).