Whether a cancer victim was harmed by an occupational disease due to chemical exposure, corporate negligence or any other occupational hazard, the suffering and resulting expenses can be devastating. At Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan, LLC, our lung cancer lawyers have extensive experience representing cancer victims and their families after a cancer diagnosis or wrongful death.
We understand the devastation that cancer has caused you and your family, and we will take strategic legal action to protect your rights and claims. Contact us for an immediate consultation by our experienced lung cancer lawyers.
Occupations at Risk of Disease
Plant workers, especially maintenance workers, operators, tank cleaners, and other workers who load or unload chemicals from railcars in chemical plants or refineries are at risk of occupational disease. These workers include both workers directly employed by the owners of chemical plants and refineries and those performing “contract” work on their premises. Many of these workers have complained of obnoxious odors and even dizziness and nausea due to excessive exposure to benzene or other chemicals. Contact us if you have suffered suspicious symptoms or have reason to believe that you have been exposed to toxic chemicals.
Non-plant workers exposed to solvents or hydrocarbons in a variety of occupations outside chemical plants and refineries may sometimes develop occupational diseases if their exposures are high enough and/or lengthy enough. This is because benzene is or has been contained in many commonly used hydrocarbon mixtures, as well as in some glues and solvents.
Exposure to Vinyl Chloride, Trichloroethylene, Perchloroethylene, and Aluminum Manufacturing Chemicals
Workers may be exposed to other harmful chemicals in the course of their normal work activities. Cancerous conditions arising from exposure to vinyl chloride, Trichloroethylene, and Perchloroethylene are well documented, as are the development of leukemia and lymphoma by rubber plant workers due to exposure to butadiene and other carcinogens, and the development of lung and gastrointestinal cancers by aluminum workers due to exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Baggett McCall’s lung cancer lawyers have litigated hundreds of cancer cases relating to exposure to benzene and other harmful chemicals in the workplace. These include cases for industrial plant workers, seamen aboard a variety of vessels, and truck drivers. In preparing these cases for trial, we have forced the defendant companies to turn over hundreds of thousands of documents proving these companies’ culpability and fault in wrongfully exposing our clients to harmful chemicals. We have been able to create a computer-based library containing millions of such documents to support our efforts in other cases.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Even after its dangers and risks were known, asbestos has been used as a common building material in thousands of household and industrial products. Inhaling asbestos fibers has been shown to cause a range of serious health conditions, including COPD, asbestosis, lung cancers, and mesothelioma, a condition that inevitably causes death. At Baggett McCall, our lung cancer lawyers offer strategic advocacy to protect the rights of asbestos exposure victims and their families. Asbestos exposure can have serious and fatal consequences. For victims, once exposed, the damage has already been done. The tragic effects may not show up in symptoms for many years. Contact us for an immediate consultation to learn about your rights against a negligent manufacturer, employer, or corporation in asbestos litigation.
Mesothelioma, lung cancer, other cancers, and asbestosis caused by asbestos exposure
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that attacks the membranes around the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. Most victims are diagnosed with lung mesothelioma and notice symptoms only after it is terminal, many years after the initial exposure to asbestos. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, or both.
We have been able to achieve multi-million dollar settlements and trial verdicts in asbestos-related litigation and are recognized as pioneers in the area of asbestos and mesothelioma-related litigation. Cole v. Celotex, a case handled by this firm, has been called the “Bible” of asbestos-related litigation. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with asbestosis or if you have lost a loved one to an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or cancer, do not hesitate to contact Baggett McCall’s lung cancer lawyers for an immediate consultation or case evaluation.
In Louisiana, victims of toxic exposures have a unique cause of action against executive officers (corporate executives, safety engineers, safety directors, and health and hygiene directors) for their negligence in the workplace prior to October 1, 1976. If you or someone you know was exposed over a long period of time in an industrial setting, prior to 1976, you may have a unique course of action open to you that individuals injured in other states do not have.
Protecting Your Rights and Claims
It is important to be very careful when choosing an attorney to handle your case. Our lawyers have extensive experience in toxic tort litigation and chemical exposure cases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma cases. We know how to perform an immediate investigation to collect and preserve the necessary evidence for your case. Our attorneys are also familiar with the complex medical issues that are crucial to making a strong claim for compensation. Our lawyers will take every necessary step to identify all responsible parties and pursue every avenue of recovery on your behalf.
Contact Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan, LLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana. For a free consultation, call 337-478-8888 or 800-639-2524 now to speak directly with an experienced personal injury, wrongful death, and chemical exposure lawyer. Choose your lawyer carefully.