Asbestos Lung Cancer Cases: Number Of Filed Lawsuits Increasing Across The U.S.

In Recent Years And Going Forward, Malignant Claims Such As Mesothelioma And Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer Will Continue To Lead Asbestos Litigation New Filings

While malignant mesothelioma (“meso”) claims get the most attention in the ongoing asbestos litigation, the asbestos lung cancer lawsuits are significant legal claims, also.  These “other” asbestos-related cancer cases have been increasing in number over recent years and that trend is expected to continue in the U.S. over the next several years.

According to the American Lung Association Fact Sheet, in 2012 an estimated 226,160 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed.

Where that diagnosis was made in a worker who might have been exposed to asbestos 20 years or more ago, it is likely that this past asbestos exposure played a role in causing the asbestos worker’s lung cancer.

This asbestos “link” to the lung cancer would be present even if the worker smoked cigarettes insofar that the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure acts in synergy to greatly multiple the risk of that worker developing lung cancer.  Put differently, there is a greater risk of lung cancer when there is asbestos exposure for a worker who also smoked — compared to what the lung cancer risk would be in a person who just smoked cigarettes or was just exposed to asbestos in the past.

In the leading asbestos filing jurisdictions of New York City, Philadelphia, Madison County, Illinois, and California there has been a marked increase in the number of asbestos lawsuits filed that involve lung cancer — with this upward trend is seen less obviously all across the country.

And, in fact, we have been getting a growing number of Case Evaluation submissions for possible asbestos-related lung cancer lawsuits this past year.

We have more information about asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma available at out web site.

See also the Lung Cancer Awareness page at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.

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