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Investigating Esophageal Cancer & Workplace Asbestos Exposure

Following acute or chronic asbestos exposure, individuals may develop esophageal cancer. The toxic asbestos fibers can get lodged in the throat and esophagus when working in contaminated areas. It is known that certain industries and positions place individuals at a higher risk of developing esophageal cancer, mesothelioma, or other asbestos-related diseases.

Tumors that develop in the esophagus form between the throat and the stomach. Cancer cells can begin growing in the lining of the esophagus.

Asbestos was used regularly in buildings and industrial facilities up until the 1980s as a natural resistance to fire, electricity, and chemical corrosion. But the substance is now a known cancer-causing agent, and many workers exposed to the toxin have developed esophageal cancer and other occupational lung diseases.

Specific jobs have been seen as more at risk, including those workers frequently handling asbestos materials and working in enclosed spaces without proper ventilation.

The Lyon Firm has settled many asbestos exposure cases on behalf of victims nationwide, and is investigating new esophageal cancer cases on a contingency fee basis. Call for a free case review.

What Kind of Damages Are Available in an Asbestos-Related Esophageal Cancer Lawsuit?

In an asbestos-related esophageal cancer lawsuit, plaintiffs may be eligible to seek various types of damages, depending on the circumstances of their case and the laws in their jurisdiction. These damages typically fall into two main categories: compensatory and, in some cases, punitive damages.

  • Medical Expenses: The cost of diagnosing and treating esophageal cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other medical treatments.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost due to the inability to work during the illness and recovery period.
  • Lost Earning Capacity: If the cancer prevents the plaintiff from returning to their previous occupation or results in reduced earning potential, they may be entitled to compensation for the diminished capacity to earn income.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical and emotional pain and distress experienced as a result of the illness. Compensation for the reduction in the plaintiff’s ability to enjoy life and engage in activities they once cherished.
  • Punitive Damages: In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the defendant for their reckless or intentional misconduct in exposing the plaintiff to asbestos. These damages are meant to deter similar behavior in the future. 

It’s essential to consult with an attorney who specializes in asbestos-related cases to understand the specific damages you may be eligible to pursue in your situation. An attorney can help you assess your case and guide you through the legal process.

Esophageal Cancer Types

There are differences in esophageal cancers depending on the cell type (gland and squamous) and location where tumors develop. Tumors primarily grow in lining of the esophagus.

If there is adenocarcinoma, cancer cells are growing in the mucus-producing glands of an organ, usually the lower part of the esophagus. Adenocarcinomas can grow in the lungs and stomach as well.

Squamous cell carcinoma refers to the upper and middle regions of the esophagus which can contain cancerous cells that grow and spread.

Esophageal Cancer Symptoms

Symptoms of esophageal cancer usually don’t appear until the late stages of the disease. Common symptoms include:

  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Chronic chest pain, pressure, or burning
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Excessive heartburn
  • Unexplained weight loss


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    Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

    The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


    The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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    Asbestos Exposure Questions

    What is asbestos, and how does it relate to esophageal cancer?

    Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals known for their heat-resistant properties. Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to a range of health issues, including esophageal cancer, when the fibers are ingested or inhaled.

    What are the common sources of asbestos exposure that lead to esophageal cancer?

    Asbestos exposure can occur in various occupational settings, such as construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing. Asbestos-containing products like insulation, tiles, and pipes can release asbestos fibers when disturbed. Individuals who worked with or around these materials may be at risk.

    Can I file a lawsuit if the asbestos exposure occurred decades ago?

    Yes, you can still file a lawsuit even if the asbestos exposure happened many years ago. Asbestos-related illnesses often have long latency periods, and the statute of limitations may begin when you were diagnosed or should have reasonably discovered your illness.

    How long does an esophageal asbestos lawsuit take to resolve?

    The duration of a lawsuit can vary widely depending on factors like the complexity of the case and whether it goes to trial. Some cases may be resolved in a matter of months, while others can take years.

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