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Common Causes of Lung Cancer

David C. Thompson, P.C. Nov. 14, 2023

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, is a leading cause of lung cancer. Once praised for its heat-resistant properties, asbestos was widely used in many industries, including construction, chemical refining, power plants, and even auto repair products. Today, it's recognized as a silent killer in North Dakota, causing serious health problems long after the initial exposure. 

Not only asbestos, but other toxic chemicals, continue to affect lives today in the form of lung cancer. It’s time to take action and seek the compensation you deserve. With David C. Thompson, P.C., you have a dedicated advocate on your side, ready to navigate the legal landscape and assert your rights. 

If you or a loved one is suffering from a workplace exposure, you shouldn’t have to go through this alone. Remember, you have options. Contact the team to arrange a case evaluation with an attorney. No matter where you live in North Dakota—including Grand Forks and the rest of the state—you deserve skilled legal representation. Additionally, the firm serves clients nationwide. 

The Link Between Asbestos and Lung Cancer

Many North Dakotans may not realize that they were exposed to high levels of asbestos either directly on the job or through secondhand exposure. Even smokers who've been exposed to asbestos fibers face a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer than those without such exposure. The link between asbestos exposure and lung cancer is well-established, making it crucial to identify if this toxic substance has played a role in a lung cancer diagnosis. 

Exposure to Radon Gas

Another significant occupational risk factor for lung cancer is exposure to radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium in soil and rocks. Workers in industries such as mining, where they might come in contact with underground radon, are at an elevated risk. Prolonged exposure can cause lung cells to become radioactive, leading to damage and, ultimately, cancer. Despite being colorless, odorless, and tasteless, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, emphasizing the importance of regular workplace testing and monitoring. 

Exposure to Diesel Exhaust

Long-term and continuous exposure to diesel exhaust can significantly increase the risk of developing lung cancer. Workers in industries such as trucking, mining, construction, and others that rely on diesel-fueled machinery are primarily at risk. The microscopic particles present in diesel exhaust can be inhaled, subsequently lodging in the lungs, leading to cellular damage and cancer. 

Prolonged Exposure to Silica Dust

Occupations that involve dealing with silica, such as sandblasting, mining, quarrying, and stone cutting, can lead to lung cancer if proper safety measures aren't taken. When workers inhale airborne silica dust, the tiny particles can cause damage to lung tissue, which over time can lead to lung cancer. Regular use of appropriate masks and ventilation can help mitigate this risk. 

It’s important to contact a lawyer if you think that regular exposure to asbestos, radon gas, diesel exhaust, silica dust, or other substances may have led to lung cancer. A skilled lawyer can shoulder your legal burden so you can focus on healing. 

Role of an Attorney in Lung Cancer Cases

An experienced attorney can play a significant role in lung cancer cases, especially those stemming from exposure to harmful substances or environments. They can help navigate the legal complexities surrounding these cases, ensuring that victims are adequately compensated for their suffering and losses. One potential approach an attorney can take is to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for causing the exposure. Alternatively, if the lung cancer victim was exposed to harmful substances at work, the attorney could file a workers' compensation claim. In extreme situations, a class action lawsuit could be initiated if multiple people have been affected in the same way. The attorney would use their resources to gather evidence, establish negligence, and negotiate settlements, offering crucial legal support during a challenging time. 

Why Choose a Local Attorney?

Attorney David C. Thompson understands the local landscape—both physical and legal—and recognizes potential sources of asbestos exposure across the state. From Minot to Bismarck, Fargo, and his home base in Grand Forks, he's prepared to provide personalized service to clients seeking reparations for harm caused by asbestos-related diseases. He’ll treat your case with the care it deserves.

Seek the Compensation You Deserve

Since June of 1984, Attorney Thompson has worked tirelessly for victims of toxic exposure and lung cancer. At the end of the day, he’s here to help you get back on your feet. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, and you suspect toxic exposure as the cause, reach out to David C. Thompson, P.C. The firm offers free consultations and works on a contingency basis—you'll only pay attorney fees if your attorney succeeds in obtaining compensation for the harm suffered. Ultimately, the goal is to help you move forward.