Asbestos Lung Cancer
Asbestos, Smoking & Lung Cancer
If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer and you’re a current or former smoker who worked around asbestos, please reach out to our mesothelioma team — it’s worth investigating the cause. If asbestos was a factor, you may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible.
People who smoked and lived or worked around asbestos are 10 to 50 times more likely to get lung cancer. Asbestos manufacturers knew the risks, but ignored them in the name of profits, allowing workers to breathe in asbestos fibers, taking it home on their clothes and exposing their families. We’ll do all the work so you can focus on your health and your family. Because You & Your Family Matter.
How We Help Our Asbestos Lung Cancer Clients
The entire team at SWMW Law is driven every day to fight for our clients and make sure they receive the compensation they deserve. We want to reduce any stress you have about paying for medical care and other personal costs. By leveraging our deep experience in this field of law means that for some of our clients, you’ll see payment within 90 days of our first meeting with you and your family.
Using our multidisciplinary medical and legal teams, we’ll tirelessly investigate the facts of your exposure to asbestos and your illness. We’ll relentlessly pursue the defendants responsible to ensure you’re compensated for your pain and suffering, and the time lost with your loved ones. And because we understand this is likely the only time many of our clients have hired an attorney to represent them, we go the extra mile to explain the process, answer your questions and be your advocate in this journey.
We’re proud of the successful results we’ve been able to deliver to our clients. Over the course of our attorneys’ careers, we have fought for thousands of injured people and their families. We have negotiated tens of thousands of settlements. We have tried and won cases against billion-dollar companies.
In their combined careers, our attorneys have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for hard-working people and their families.
If you think you or a loved one has lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, it’s most likely the cancer was contracted by exposure in a workplace or at home. And often, it can take 20-50 years after the exposure for the negative effects to take hold. Lung cancer can also be contracted through second–hand exposure if someone in your household unknowingly brought home asbestos fibers on their clothes or skin.
Many companies that knew about the dangers of using asbestos failed to inform their clients, customers and employees that their products or work environments included asbestos, or that asbestos would increase their risk of developing lung cancer later in life – especially if they also smoked.
Because these defendants failed to disclose what they knew about asbestos and smoking, a big part of our job as your attorneys will be to help you investigate exactly how and when you were exposed.
You can begin to explore possible jobs or places you may have been exposed to asbestos here.
If you have an idea of some of the jobs or ways you may have been exposed, you can find a more detailed list of asbestos trusts and defendants here.
Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts
There are tens of billions of dollars set aside in the asbestos bankruptcy trust system for people diagnosed with mesothelioma and lung cancer. Beginning in the early 1980s, some companies decided that they wanted to buy out their past and future asbestos liabilities using a little used section in the bankruptcy laws. They set up trusts with insurance money, stocks and cash. Bankruptcy Courts throughout the US approved the trusts. Their sole purpose is to compensate people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma and lung cancer because they were exposed to that company’s asbestos products. While some of these so-called bankruptcy trusts are now just paying pennies on the dollar to asbestos victims, more often than not, many of these companies are still successfully operating today.
There are hundreds of companies that made asbestos products, used asbestos at their factories, and sold asbestos products that were used in homes across the United States. Chances are that you did not get mesothelioma from just one source. Most of these companies have already been sued many times. We know how to go after them, their insurance companies and other responsible parties to compensate you. We know how to argue that your lung cancer is not just from smoking, and we’re armed with facts about how asbestos exponentially increased your risk. We move quickly and decisively to file suit in the best jurisdictions for our clients’ cases. And we press hard for trial dates that can happen for our lung cancer clients as soon as six months from the date we request a trial. This helps ensure that we maximize your compensation.
What to Expect
From the very first time we meet until your case is settled, we’ll make sure you feel comfortable and understand each step of the process. Beyond our legal counsel, we’ll keep you informed as your case progresses, answering your calls, returning your emails and addressing any questions you have. When you choose to trust us with your case, you can expect this from our team:
- If needed, we’ll come to you anywhere in the U.S., at a date and time that’s convenient for you.
- We’ll advance all case costs and only take our payment if we successfully secure settlements or a verdict for you. You never pay anything out of pocket.
- We’ll ask you specific questions we’ve tailored to quickly and accurately identify what asbestos exposures caused your mesothelioma and what companies are responsible. You don’t need to know all the answers the first time we talk; many of our clients don’t. That’s why we’ll work with you to figure out where, when and how you were exposed to asbestos.
- We’ll investigate the specifics of your case, interviewing former coworkers and family members to best understand when and how you were exposed to asbestos.
- Using the information, knowledge and resources we’ve gathered from past mesothelioma and asbestos cases, we’ll build the strongest case we can. Our team will get to work immediately to get your case filed, usually within two weeks of our first meeting.
- We’ll provide regular updates on your case and always answer any questions you have.
- We’ll take the trust you place in us seriously, treating you and your family with compassion and respect.
- We’ll explore the best legal argument to ensure you obtain the just compensation you deserve.