How You Can Receive Full Compensation For Your Occupational Cancer Injury
Every year, there are approximately forty thousand new cancer cases and nearly twenty thousand cancer deaths that are attributable to or arise from the workplace. Workplace cancer or occupational cancer is an illness that is the result of an individual’s workplace or that arises from exposure to dangerous or toxic materials and substances. Some typical occupational cancers that might lead to lawsuits include acute myelogenous leukemia, mesothelioma, kidney cancer, liver cancer, and bladder cancer. These types of cancers often arise from exposure to substances such as asbestos, benzene, or other hazardous chemicals and the causation link between exposure and cancer has often been proven time and again in occupational hazard lawsuits nationwide for decades.
A recent study has shown that there is an understudied occupational group that is particularly susceptible to developing certain cancers as a result of their workplace. According to the study, flight attendants in the United States are more likely than the general population to develop particular types of cancer including melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer and breast cancer.
Parker Waichman LLP has represented clients who feel pained by the fact that the jobs and occupations that they depend on for their livelihood caused them to become ill with cancer. Our lawyers have also felt that our clients deserve to be compensated for these severe injuries. Our clients have found peace and successful resolutions by retaining Parker Waichman LLP to assist them with filing a lawsuit for the compensation they need and deserve.
Flight Attendants May Be Susceptible To Certain Types of Cancers
Flight attendants are known to come in contact with a variety of factors that probably or possibly cause cancer. Some of these factors include radiation, sleep disruptions, and chemicals and pesticides that might be present in the cabin. However, the long-term impacts of these factors are not very well-documented.
Between 2014 and 2015, approximately 5,300 flight attendants were surveyed by researchers with questions about their flight schedules and whether they had been diagnosed with cancer. In comparison to responses from nearly three thousand non-flight attendant adults, flight attendants were found to have higher incidences of cervical, uterine, gastrointestinal, breast, melanoma, and thyroid cancers. The disparity between the two groups was particularly pronounced when it came to melanoma and non-melanoma cancers and breast cancer. In fact, the risk of developing melanoma was more than double for flight attendants, and the non-melanoma cancer risk was more than quadruple. Flight attendants were also found to be approximately fifty-one percent more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than the general population.
The study also suggests that there might be a number of factors that cause or contribute to the higher risk of cancer in flight attendants. Some of these factors include exposure to carcinogens such as jet fuel, pesticides, and fire retardants. The poor air quality of the airplane cabin may also increase the risk as well as the fact that the sleep patterns and circadian rhythms of flight attendants are often disrupted. Moreover, exposure to cosmic ionizing radiation that occurs in the Earth’s atmosphere can lead to an increased risk of developing cancer. With all of these potential health hazards facing flight attendants, and without many apparent protections in place to prevent flight attendants from developing cancer, the climate may be ripe for a rise in occupational cancer lawsuits by flight attendants. If you or someone you know is a flight attendant who has been diagnosed with cancer, you might have a claim for damages. Contact Parker Waichman LLP right away to discuss your case.
Do I Have Grounds to File an Occupational Cancer Lawsuit?
If you believe that you developed cancer as a result of your job as a flight attendant, you might be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits that can include medical expenses and lost wages. Depending on the circumstances you may instead have grounds to file a lawsuit outside of workers’ compensation. To determine if you have a claim for damages, it is essential that you consult with an experienced cancer attorney as soon as possible. By speaking with an occupational cancer attorney early on in the process can increase your chances of a successful result in your occupational cancer case.
How Much Money Is My Case Worth?
How much your cancer claim is worth will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. If your injury is workplace-related or the result of someone else’s negligence, you likely have a right to compensation, but it is not always easy to determine the monetary value of your damages. Some of the damages to which you might be entitled include:
- Medical expenses, such as the cost of doctor’s appointments, treatments, any surgeries, and/or medication;
- Lost wages for being unable to work as a result of your injury;
- Temporary or permanent disability;
- Death benefits;
- Monetary damages that compensate you for pain and suffering.
Although receiving compensation will not necessarily restore your health instantly or reverse any permanent damage, it can go a long way toward helping to alleviate some of the stress that comes with mounting medical bills and other expenses. Contact the dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP today to discuss what your case might be worth.
The Process of Filing a Lawsuit
No matter what kind of injury or illness you have sustained, and whether or not it occurred at your place of work, your claim for compensation will typically proceed in a similar fashion. In the initial stages of your cancer claim, your claim will likely be investigated by your lawyer and their team of experts to determine what evidence is available to support your claim. This initial process will also help you and your lawyer make a determination as to whether or not you have a viable claim for damages. If it is decided that you should proceed with your claim or lawsuit, then your lawyer will prepare the initial paperwork and make sure that it is filed with and served on the appropriate parties. Once the paperwork is served, the defendant or defendants will have an opportunity to respond to your allegations. In some instances, depending on the defenses that the defendants assert, there may be hearings held to determine whether your claim should proceed.
After your claim or your lawsuit is filed, your case will enter what is called the discovery stage. During the discovery process, you exchange evidence and information with the other party or parties involved so that there are no surprises on either side. It is during this process that, depending on the evidence that is presented, a case might end up settling out of court. If the case does make it out of the discovery phase, it will usually proceed to trial where a jury or a judge will determine whether you are entitled to compensation and how much your damages might be worth. If the case is not decided in your favor, you usually will have an opportunity to appeal the decision or the verdict.
Do I Need an Attorney?
When it comes to injury and illness claims, it is usually a good idea to consult with a lawyer who has in-depth knowledge and experience handling these types of cases. Injury cases can be complicated and complex, and an experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal process including the ins and outs of the applicable procedural and substantive laws, any insurance recovery options, timelines and deadlines, and the legal rights that might be at stake. As your case proceeds, there will be several important decisions that you will have to make regarding your case. Having a qualified attorney by your side who can help you understand the ramifications of these decisions can be very beneficial, particularly if the decision can positively or negatively impact your case.
In addition, a lawyer has access to knowledgeable experts and other resources that can help build a successful case. For instance, you might need to consult with an expert witness in order to prove that your injury or illness was actually work-related. Your lawyer will know and likely will have worked with some of the most persuasive and reputable experts in the relevant field and can save you from the daunting task of finding an expert on your own. Finally, a skilled lawyer will know how to best present your case in order to maximize or increase your chances of receiving the compensation you need and deserve. With an experienced attorney from Parker Waichman LLP by your side, you will be better prepared to take on any challenges you face in your case and your chances for a successful outcome only increase.
What Is The Cost Of Filing A Claim/Lawsuit?
At Parker Waichman LLP, most of our cases are taken on what is called a contingency fee basis. The phrase “contingency fee” means that you do not owe us anything unless and until we win your case or settle before trial. So, if you do not win your case or recover any damages, then you do not owe us any fees. If you are suffering from an illness because of a workplace incident or accident, or if your injuries or illness are the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve quality legal representation.
Contact Parker Waichman LLP today to schedule your free and confidential case evaluation.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Injury Lawsuits
Q: After I file my claim, how quickly will my case resolve?
A: How quickly your case will resolve will depend on the facts and circumstances and the complexity of the issues. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and you believe it is the result of your job as a flight attendant, proving the connection between the two may take some time to establish, particularly since the studies that suggest a link are relatively new. In addition, collecting the evidence necessary to prove your case may a lengthy process. Moreover, whether your case settles outside of court or goes to trial may also factor into the amount of time it takes for your case to resolve.
Q: Is there a timeline for filing my claim?
A: Every state has laws that determine how long you have to file a lawsuit. These laws are also known as statutes of limitations. If you do not file your injury case within the statute of limitations, you risk losing your rights to compensation. Accordingly, if you have been injured or are suffering from an illness that is work-related or due to the negligent actions of someone else, it is essential that you consult with an experienced lawyer as quickly as possible in order to preserve and protect your right to recovery in your case.
Q: If I decide to retain an experienced Parker Waichman LLP lawyer, what will I need to provide to them?
A: If you’ve been injured or are suffering from an illness, it is vital that you seek medical attention right away and be sure to keep any medical records and copies of medical bills so that you can present them to your lawyer. It is also a good idea to hold onto any letters, correspondence, or other communications regarding your injury or illness, including emails. Keep records of any time you have missed from work as a result of your injury or illness, and any documents of other expenses that you have incurred. While your attorney can usually locate these types of documents on their own, it is more efficient and saves your attorney time if you provide them with the documents and records that are necessary for proving your case.
Why Choose Parker Waichman LLP?
At Parker Waichman LLP, our attorneys have built a reputation for achieving successful results in the cases of thousands of injured individuals throughout the country. In fact, our firm has recovered nearly $2 billion in settlements, verdicts, and awards. As a result, we have earned a number of awards and accolades including Martindale-Hubbard’s “Preeminent Lawyers” AV Peer Review Rating. Other honors and rankings include the highest rating of “5 Dragons” by Lawdragon.com, a near perfect rating of 9.8 out of 10 on AVVO.com, and a listing in the “Best Lawyers” publication due to the outstanding ratings that we have received from other legal professionals.
When you choose Parker Waichman LLP to take your case, you can expect compassionate and quality legal representation from experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who are dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. You can also rest assured that your cancer case will be handled by capable attorneys who care about making sure your rights are completely protected.
Parker Waichman LLP will stand by your side and guide you throughout the entire process to help you recover the monetary compensation you need. Contact Parker Waichman LLP today by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss how we might be able to assist you with your injury or illness case.
Contact One of Our Experienced Flight Attendant Cancer Attorneys Today
Cancer can be a debilitating and devastating illness no matter the type with which you have been diagnosed. If you were diagnosed with cancer, you might be facing extensive and expensive medical treatment, lengthy time periods of missed work, and other mounting expenses. If you believe that your cancer is work-related, be sure to report it to your employer as soon as possible after your cancer diagnosis, and it is imperative that you consult with an experienced injury attorney right away.
Time is of the essence when seeking monetary compensation for your injuries or illness as once the statute of limitations has passed you can lose your rights to recover the damages you need and deserve.
Free and Confidential Injury Case Evaluation
If you think that you are suffering from work-related cancer, you should seriously consider contacting an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible. The process of recovering damages begins by contacting Parker Waichman LLP to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case. Call our firm today by dialing 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
Our team of experienced and dedicated lawyers has the knowledge, and the resources necessary to help you with your case and they will work tirelessly to ensure you obtain the best possible results in your case.
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