Chemicals That Cause Lung Cancer
Even brief exposure to toxins or asbestos can cause lung cancer decades later
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, you may be wondering how it happened. For many people, the answer lies in exposure to toxic chemicals, including asbestos. Unfortunately, these chemicals are often found in workplaces, homes, and other environments, putting people at risk without their knowledge.
Toxic exposure lung cancer victims have legal options to collect significant financial compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. At the Ferrell Law Group, our national asbestos lung cancer law firm is here to help you fight for the compensation and justice you deserve. Don’t wait to take action – the sooner you get legal advice, the better. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your rights and options. There is no charge or obligation to hire us, just answers you can trust.
Toxic materials that cause lung cancer
Not all chemicals are toxic and not all toxic chemicals are linked to lung cancer. However, the ones listed below have been linked to lung cancer or are strongly suspected of causing cancer.
- Asbestos. Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent (carcinogen) that was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing for its fire-resistant and insulating properties up until around 1989. The exposure happened mostly through inhaling asbestos fibers when the material was disturbed.
- Beryllium. Workers who handle this metal, such as in electronics or aerospace industries, may inhale beryllium dust or fumes during manufacturing or maintenance.
- Cadmium is a metal used in batteries and coatings. Workers in the manufacturing and mining industries may inhale cadmium fumes, dust or smoke.
- Chromium. Workers in industries such as welding, plating, and paint manufacturing may inhale chromium dust or fumes from this metal when it is used in metalworking and finishing processes.
- Coal-tar pitch. A byproduct of coal processing, workers in the aluminum, coal-tar, and roofing industries may be exposed to coal-tar pitch fumes when using the material as a sealant or roofing material.
- Nickel. Metal refining, welding, and battery manufacturing industry workers may inhale nickel dust or fumes during production or maintenance.
- Particulate matter. Tiny particles in the air from sources like combustion, dust, or smoke can build up in the lungs and cause cancer. Construction and transportation workers are at a higher risk for particulate matter disease and lung cancer.
- Radioactive material. Workers in nuclear facilities or the military may inhale particles of this radioactive metal, which is used in nuclear weapons and reactors.
- Radon and other radiation. Workers in uranium mining or other industries that are exposed to radioactive materials may inhale radon gas or other forms of radiation. Raddon can be especially dangerous in poorly ventilated workspaces.
- Silica dust, crystalline. Found in rocks and soil, this mineral is a common hazard for workers in mining, construction, and sandblasting.
- Soot. Workers in industries such as transportation, firefighting, oil refining, and power generation may inhale soot particles.
- Tobacco smoke. Workers who smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke may inhale tobacco smoke.
- Welding fumes. Workers in the welding industry may inhale fumes from welding rods or other materials that are released during welding.
Remember that you don’t have to prove that a specific chemical was the sole cause of your lung cancer. Many workers were exposed to multiple chemicals and/or were also smokers. As long as we can prove that asbestos was one of the causes of your lung cancer, we can file an asbestos claim.
Lung cancer victims deserve justice and compensation. We can help.
Are you wondering if you have a case for lung cancer financial compensation? Contact the Ferrell Law Group for a free consultation. If you decide to hire us, you should know that there are no upfront charges or out-of-pocket expenses for our services. Our fee is a percentage of the financial outcome. Therefore, if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and worked in a high-risk industry, had loved ones who worked in a high-risk industry, or you were otherwise exposed to asbestos or another toxic substance, contact us right now to schedule your free case consultation. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by consulting us today.