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Lung Cancer High Risk Jobs


According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer kills more than 150,000 people each year, most of who are smokers or have been exposed to secondhand smoke. But figures suggest that as much as 15 percent of these victims develop lung cancer from direct contact with dangerous, toxic chemicals and substances, such as asbestos, silica dust, radon, and environmental pollutants, often on the job.

High-risk jobs for asbestos exposure
Many professions put people at a higher risk of asbestos exposure.

If you have worked as a shipbuilder, pipe fitter, asbestos installer, tile worker, welder, refinery worker, or sander, you may be at risk for developing this deadly disease. And if you have already developed lung cancer, it might NOT have come about as the result of your smoking. You may be entitled to significant compensation. Please contact an attorney in your area to discuss your diagnosis and work history.

Shipbuilders

Shipbuilders are constantly exposed to the insulation material fiberglass, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Although fiberglass manufacturers claim that the material is not dangerous, studies and statistics suggest otherwise: in fact, by some accounts, fiberglass has been considered a possible cancer-causing agent for more than 20 years.

In addition, shipbuilders also run the risk of exposure to asbestos. If you have worked as a shipbuilder or in any profession in which you've been exposed to fiberglass or asbestos, it is imperative that you seek legal help immediately.

Pipefitters

Because they must work with pipe insulation, pipefitters are at high risk for exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring, fibrous, dangerous mineral widely used in product manufacture through the middle of last century. Asbestos fibers, when inhaled, become embedded in the lungs and eventually cause fatal diseases, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.

Although asbestos is rarely used today, it is believed to have affected thousands of workers between 1940 and 1980. Pipe fitters are also at high risk to the carcinogen benzene, which has long been linked to lung cancer. If you have worked as a pipefitter or in any profession in which you've been exposed to asbestos or benzene, it is imperative that you seek legal help immediately.

Insulation Installers

Two of the most popular and effective means of insulation in recent American history—fiberglass and asbestos—are also among the most dangerous. They have been determined to cause a number of fatal lung diseases, including lung cancer and asbestosis. Any laborer who has worked as an insulation installer may have been exposed to these cancer-causing agents, and is 92 times more likely to fall ill. If you have exhibited any symptoms of lung cancer or other lung diseases, it is imperative that you seek legal help immediately.

Tile Workers

Generally, tile workers must mount ceiling tiles, blocks, and other cuts of shock-absorbing materials on ceilings, floors, and walls. When they size these materials and pare them down to fit their projects, asbestos or other dangerous types of dust circulates in the air and becomes embedded in delicate lung tissue, potentially causing lung cancer (especially mesothelioma) or asbestosis. If you have worked as a tile worker or in any profession in which you've been exposed to asbestos, it is imperative that you seek legal help immediately.

Welders

Because of the nature of their work—they fuse together metal parts—welders are exposed daily to a high number of carcinogenic pollutants, such as benzene. When inhaled, these poisonous fibers and gasses can damage the lungs, often causing lung cancer and other lethal diseases. Studies show that welders are much more likely than people outside their field to develop such an illness. If you have worked as a welder or in any profession in which you've been exposed to asbestos, it is imperative that you seek legal help immediately.

Refinery Workers

Through the 1970s, oil refinery workers typically relied on equipment that contained asbestos, such as heat exchangers, ovens, dryers, furnaces, and pumps, or that had been constructed with products that contained asbestos. By using, or even just being around this equipment, workers risked extensive exposure to this harmful material's fibers. As a result, thousands have developed asbestosis, mesothelioma, and/or lung cancer over the years.

In addition, refinery workers are at risk of exposure to the harmful, cancer-causing gas benzene. If you have worked as a refinery worker or in any profession in which you've been exposed to asbestos or benzene, it is imperative that you seek legal help immediately.

Sanders

Even if they wear protective masks, sanders and sandblasters are constantly exposed to dangerous dust and particles on the job. These particles-silica dust, asbestos, and other noxious fumes can scar the lungs and cause the onset of a myriad of deadly lung diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. If you have worked as a refinery worker or in any profession in which you've been exposed to asbestos, it is imperative that you seek legal help immediately.

Find a Lung Cancer Attorney in Your Area

If you or someone you know works in any of the above professions and has developed lung cancer as a result to the exposure to a harmful substance, it is important to speak with an attorney to find out about potential legal entitlements. Use ImpactLaw's directory to locate a lung cancer lawyer in your state.

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