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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 and you also have fibers in your lungs our lawyers will spare no effort in recovering the compensation you deserve.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure

Environmental Litigation Group can take your case only if added to a gallbladder cancer diagnosis you receive a subsequent medical evaluation and the chest X-ray screening shows scarring or damage in your lungs.

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. We can take your case if in addition to your gallbladder cancer diagnosis you have evidence of asbestos fibers in your lungs.

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 the 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, and you also have fibers present in your lungs even if there are no symptoms yet 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.

Conditions that Qualify for VA Asbestos Compensation

Asbestos diseases entitle veterans to compensation benefits only if the majority of the asbestos exposure occurred during active duty. Only a few of these diseases will bring in a 100% disability coverage (like pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma), and all of them require documentation and proof that they were caused by asbestos exposure and not other causes.

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Pulmonary Fibrosis

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, and fibers are found in your lungs as well 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 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 Gallbladder Cancer Related to Asbestos Exposure, We Can 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 that 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.