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Have You or a Loved One Been Diagnosed With Lung Cancer in Oregon?

If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of experienced lung cancer lawyers specializes in cases like yours and has a proven track record of delivering justice for victims like you. Contact our legal team today for a free consultation.

Lung Cancer in Oregon

Lung cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the lungs, usually in the cells that line the air passages. It is one of the most common types of cancer worldwide and is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The rate of new lung cancer cases in Oregon is 49.4 per 100,000 people. [1]

There are two main types of lung cancer:

  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): This is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 85% of all cases. NSCLC usually grows and spreads more slowly than small-cell lung cancer.
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC): This type of lung cancer is less common, but it tends to grow and spread more quickly than NSCLC. It is often associated with heavy smoking.
Lung Cancer in Oregon

Asbestos exposure is a well-known risk factor for lung cancer. Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace, such as construction workers, miners, and industrial workers, may develop lung cancer as a result of inhaling asbestos fibers over time.

Victims who can demonstrate that their lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure may have grounds for filing a lawsuit against the responsible parties, such as employers, manufacturers, or property owners.

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, or testicles. From 1999 – 2015, 716 Oregon residents died from mesothelioma. The state has a high mesothelioma mortality rate of about 11 people per million annually. [2]

  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure: Mesothelioma is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos fibers, typically occurring after prolonged inhalation or ingestion of airborne asbestos particles. Asbestos fibers can become lodged in the lining of organs, leading to inflammation, scarring, and ultimately the development of mesothelioma tumors.
  • Occupational Risk: Individuals working in industries such as construction, mining, shipbuilding, automotive repair, and asbestos manufacturing are at heightened risk of asbestos exposure and subsequent mesothelioma. Secondary exposure can occur when asbestos fibers are carried home on work clothes, endangering family members.
  • Latency Period: Mesothelioma often has a long latency period, with symptoms typically manifesting 20 to 50 years after initial asbestos exposure. This extended latency period can complicate diagnosis and make it challenging to trace the source of exposure.

Tobacco Smoking

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Victims who have developed lung cancer due to tobacco use may explore legal options if they can demonstrate that tobacco companies engaged in deceptive marketing practices, failed to provide adequate warnings about the health risks of smoking, or manipulated nicotine levels to make cigarettes more addictive.

While filing a lawsuit against tobacco companies can be challenging, successful cases have been pursued and won.

Tobacco Smoking

Exposure to Radon Gas

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep into buildings, particularly in areas with high levels of uranium in the soil. Prolonged exposure to elevated levels of radon gas is a significant risk factor for lung cancer.

Victims who have developed lung cancer due to exposure to radon gas in their homes or workplaces may have grounds for legal action against property owners, landlords, or employers who failed to mitigate radon levels and protect occupants from harm.

Exposure to Environmental Carcinogens

Exposure to environmental carcinogens, such as air pollution, diesel exhaust, certain chemicals, and industrial pollutants, can increase the risk of developing lung cancer.

Victims who have been exposed to these substances in their communities or workplaces may explore legal avenues if they can demonstrate that negligence or misconduct by corporations, government agencies, or other entities contributed to their exposure and subsequent development of lung cancer.

Compensation Available for Lung Cancer Cases in Oregon

In Oregon, compensation available for lung cancer cases can vary depending on the circumstances of the case, the type of lung cancer, and factors such as the cause of the cancer and the extent of damages suffered by the individual.

Here are some potential avenues for compensation:

  • Product Liability Claims: Victims who develop lung cancer due to exposure to defective products, such as defective consumer products, industrial equipment, or pharmaceutical drugs, may pursue product liability claims against manufacturers, distributors, or retailers. Compensation in product liability claims may include medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.
  • Environmental Litigation: Individuals who develop lung cancer due to environmental contamination, such as exposure to air pollution, hazardous waste, or toxic substances in drinking water, may pursue environmental litigation against polluters, government agencies, or other responsible parties.

    Compensation in environmental litigation cases may include damages for medical expenses, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, and punitive damages.

  • Wrongful Death Claims: In cases where lung cancer results in the death of the victim, surviving family members may pursue wrongful death claims to seek compensation for damages, including medical expenses, funeral, and burial costs, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship and consortium.

Our experienced personal injury attorneys in Oregon can help individuals affected by lung cancer in Oregon by evaluating the circumstances of their case, determining liability, and pursuing the appropriate legal remedies to seek fair compensation for their injuries and losses.

Compensation Available for Lung Cancer Cases in Oregon

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

The following is a list of common lung cancer symptoms:

  • Bone pain
  • Chest pain that worsens with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
  • Clubbing of the fingers or toes (enlarged fingertips)
  • Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches
  • Hoarseness
  • Neurological symptoms, such as weakness or numbness in the limbs
  • Persistent cough
  • Recurring, persistent, or worsening bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the neck or face
  • Voice changes
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Wheezing

These symptoms must be recognized and addressed promptly. Early detection and treatment can significantly impact the prognosis and outcome of lung cancer.

By working with our dedicated team, you can seek justice and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. We will provide you with expert legal representation and guide you through every step of the legal process, ensuring that your voice is heard and your rights are protected.

Statute of Limitations

While there may not be a specific Statute of Limitations explicitly designated for lung cancer claims in Oregon, personal injury claims typically have a Statute of Limitations ranging from two to six years from the date of the injury or from the date the injury was discovered or should have been discovered with reasonable diligence.

Because lung cancer can take time to develop and become symptomatic, determining the exact date of injury can be challenging. In cases where the cancer is believed to be caused by exposure to harmful substances, such as asbestos or environmental pollutants, the Statute of Limitations may start from the date of the exposure or from the date the injury was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered.

If you believe you have a valid lung cancer claim in Oregon, consult with our experienced attorneys as soon as possible to ensure that your legal rights are protected.

Statute of Limitations

Goldberg & Loren - Oregon Lung Cancer Lawyers

At Goldberg & Loren, our Oregon lung cancer attorneys are dedicated and committed to advocating for individuals affected by this devastating disease. 

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, we are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options. At Goldberg & Loren, we are dedicated to fighting for justice and holding accountable those responsible for your illness.

Sources:

[1] State of Lung Cancer | Oregon. (n.d.). https://www.lung.org/research/state-of-lung-cancer/states/oregon

[2] Molinari, L. (2023, March 17). Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in Oregon. Mesothelioma.com. https://www.mesothelioma.com/states/oregon/

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