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Asbestos and Lung Cancer

I was at a panel discussion with a number of judges recently (I used to be the moderator but was just a spectator this time so was able to mingle with a lot of different legal specialists) and had a fascinating discussion about asbestos cases that I want to share.

We've represented a lot of tradesmen and union workers for all kinds of serious injuries over the years - broken bones, torn rotator cuffs, herniated discs, you name it.

But there is something even more serious some workers could have to deal with - lung cancer and other respiratory diseases caused by exposure to asbestos.  Unfortunately, it doesn't take much exposure to cause serious health consequences that don't show up until years later.  And yes, we all see a lot of TV ads for mesothelioma, but there are a number of other serious diseases asbestos causes or contributes to.  And many people just don't realize a medical condition they have now was actually caused 40 or 50 years ago – it’s just not something we think about.  And there are different kinds of lung cancer, so even if you smoked, asbestos could be a contributing factor. 

So, if you were working in a trade (pipefitters, plumbers, steam fitters, elevator mechanics, ship building/repair, or commercial construction in the 1960s or 70s) - or if you have a father, brother, or uncle who was, let us know and we can see if we can get him some help.

And that's why I go to these conferences - to learn and share things that can help you and your family. 

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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Experienced DC Workers' Comp, Long Term Disability & Accident Lawyer