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Primary liver cancer, being the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men throughout the world has several risk factors including asbestos exposure. The skillful lawyers at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. are specialists in handling cases involving asbestos exposure and will help you as well id additionally to the liver cancer you have X-rays where asbestos fibers show up in your lungs.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure

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

Over 700,000 People Are Diagnosed with Liver Cancer Each Year Worldwide

Asbestos fibers were first found in liver tissues at least three decades ago. In 1986, a Scandinavian study that collected data between the years 1961 and 1979 reported an increased incidence of bile duct cancer among people in several asbestos-related occupations such as shipbuilding, construction, and other industries that used asbestos for insulation. A recent Italian study explored the link between occupational asbestos exposure and bile duct cancer by analyzing the medical records of 155 patients with bile duct diseases both within and outside the liver. The study reported an increased risk of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma and suggestive evidence of increased risk for extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma in asbestos-exposed workers.

In the United States, about 8000 people get diagnosed with bile duct cancer each year. About 10-20% of liver cancers are a type of bile duct cancer that develops in the cells lining the small bile ducts inside the liver, and is called intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. This condition is rarely diagnosed early and causes symptoms such as itching, yellow discoloration of the skin, pain in the abdomen, and weight loss. In extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, the tumor develops in the bile ducts located outside the liver. According to the estimates of Environmental Working Group, about 1,200 people lose their lives to gastrointestinal cancer that develops as a result of ingestion of asbestos fibers. In order for us to be able to take your case in addition to the asbestos-related liver cancer diagnosis, you need X-rays which demonstrate the presence of asbestos fibers in your lungs.

Multiple studies suggest that a link exists between occupational asbestos exposure and other cancers besides lung cancer but not as strong because the evidence is only suggestive and insufficient to establish a causal relationship. A significant number of cases have shown a tenuous connection with asbestos as it is a known carcinogen. Liver cancer is more likely to develop in people who have swallowed a significant amount of asbestos. After ingestion, the asbestos fibers pass through the gastrointestinal mucosa and then reach the circulatory system through lymph vessels and finally enter all tissues, where inflammatory process and malignant transformation occurs. Once asbestos fibers reach the bile ducts through the circulatory system, they remain trapped in the smaller bile ducts within the liver and trigger development of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma through chronic inflammation that in turn promotes carcinogenesis.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Liver Cancer and Problems After Asbestos Exposure

Often, the signs and symptoms of liver cancer show up only in the late stages of the disease, but may sometimes develop sooner. Cancer might get diagnosed at an early stage if you consult your doctor when you first notice certain symptoms, and the treatment is more likely to be effective at early stages. Here is a list of common symptoms you need to watch out for:

  • Loss of appetite and unintentional weight loss
  • Feeling of fullness in the stomach even after eating a small portion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or pain near the shoulder blade on the right side
  • Fluid build-up or swelling in the abdomen
  • Enlarged liver felt as a mass under the ribs on the right side
  • Enlarged spleen felt as a mass under the ribs on the left side
  • Yellowish discoloration of the eyes and skin
  • Itching sensation
  • Other symptoms include fever, enlargement of veins on the stomach, abnormal bleeding or bruising

Sometimes, liver cancer produces hormones that can act on other organs. The hormones cause high blood calcium levels, low blood sugar levels, enlargement of breasts and/or shrinkage of testicles in men, high red blood cell counts, and high cholesterol levels. Most signs and symptoms of liver cancer can be caused by other conditions including other liver diseases. If you develop any of these symptoms, it is important to consult your doctor as soon as possible so that the cause can be found and treated.

Liver Cancer Misdiagnosis and Asbestos Exposure Work History

Unfortunately, the symptoms of liver cancer are often mistaken for conditions that are less serious. This is particularly worrisome when it comes to asbestos exposure because liver cancer which has this as the cause may progress faster than the regular disease. Most of the early symptoms of liver cancer appear in association with flu and other minor aches such back and abdominal pain. Some of the conditions liver cancer can be mistaken for are fatty liver, liver abscess, pancreatic cancer, Mosses syndrome, hepatic hemangioma, and alveolar hydatid disease. Getting a wrong diagnosis will result in inappropriate treatment, which will hinder your prognosis too. For this reason, if you experience any of the symptoms listed above, we advise you to seek a second opinion from medical experts.

If you believe that you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace in the past, it is very important to monitor your health and undergo annual screenings to facilitate timely detection of a potentially malignant tumor. In addition, seeking a second and even a third opinion will help you avoid liver cancer misdiagnosis. Our lawyers might be able to recover compensation on your behalf if in addition to the liver cancer diagnosis the screening process showed asbestos fibers embedded in your lungs as well.

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

Family Members with a Liver Cancer Diagnosis Due to Secondary Asbestos Exposure

The people who handled asbestos on the job during the last century are not the only individuals at risk for developing liver cancer today. The health of their family members may also be in danger as secondary asbestos exposure was widespread throughout the past century. There were several ways in which secondary exposure could occur in a household, for instance, when children greeted their father wearing workplace clothes covered in asbestos dust. Nearly 10% of those who suffer from asbestos-related diseases at the moment are victims of secondary asbestos exposure. Consequently, if your family member worked at a company that handled asbestos, there are high chances that you inhaled and ingested a significant amount of carcinogenic asbestos fibers.

With over three decades of experience in asbestos litigation, our lawyers are here to assist you with recovering fair compensation for you. If you have been diagnosed with liver cancer, and you have a former asbestos worker in your family, your disease is likely to have been caused by secondary contact with the toxic fibers. Our medical specialists also help you to determine whether this is your case. In the event your disease is related to asbestos exposure – if asbestos fibers are found in the tumor – and asbestos fibers are also present in your lungs, we will further work on your case to recover the maximum possible compensation you are eligible for from one or multiple asbestos trust funds.

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-related Liver Cancer? See Eligibility Requirements

Some asbestos victims who suffered from liver cancer due to asbestos exposure do not seek legal help during their lifetime and this is quite common. The reason could be either fear of a tenacious process in which they need to actively participate or a belief that their disease does not qualify for compensation. Numerous people pass away without benefiting from the money they would have deserved and which could have eased their financial burden. However, it is possible for a family member to file a claim and recover compensation on behalf of a deceased person who had been diagnosed with asbestos-related liver cancer and the presence of asbestos fibers shows up on the X-rays. The legal process is very simple, as the money will be released from asbestos trust funds in this situation. You will only need to provide our lawyers with your loved one’s work history and medical records, as well as the death certificate. You should act quickly as the time is limited because the effective statute of limitations will allow you to file a claim only within 1 to 3 years from the date of death, depending on the state you belong to. Thus, it is better to contact our lawyers and seek legal assistance as soon as possible.