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Work-Related Cancer

A New York Cancer Lawyer Who Demands Justice for Clients

It's the sort of job-related illness you least expect, when construction workers, factory workers, utility workers or tunnel workers start developing serious health problems that turn out to be cancer. Job-related exposure to cancer-causing agents is exactly the sort of workplace illness case that workers compensation benefits are intended to remedy.

Nevertheless, we have many clients who come to us after developing work-related lymphoma, on-the-job lung cancer or tumors caused by work, saying their workers comp claim was denied. Even mesothelioma patients-whose condition is cancer of the lung lining caused by asbestos exposure-are dismissed by intimidating workers compensation insurance companies. That is, until they know a serious New York cancer lawyer is involved.

Because of our high success rate, exhaustive case preparation and 90-year reputation, most workers comp adjusters don't mess with us. They typically will settle out of court, because they know full well cancer due to job duties is serious and that we mean business.

What types of cancer can affect workers?

Occupational exposure to certain substances and environments has been associated with an increased risk of developing various types of cancer. Some cancers commonly linked with occupational exposure include:

  • Lung cancer – Occupational exposure to asbestos, radon, silica dust, diesel exhaust, and certain chemicals like arsenic and benzene has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer.
  • Mesothelioma – This is a rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Individuals who worked in industries such as construction, shipbuilding, insulation, and asbestos manufacturing are at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma.
  • Bladder cancer – Exposure to certain chemicals like benzidine, aromatic amines, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in industries such as dye manufacturing, rubber and leather processing, and truck driving has been associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
  • Skin cancer – Occupational exposure to sunlight, chemicals, and ionizing radiation increases the risk of developing skin cancer. Workers in outdoor occupations, construction, agriculture, and those regularly exposed to chemicals like coal tar, arsenic, and creosote have a higher risk.
  • Leukemia – Exposure to benzene, ionizing radiation, certain pesticides, and chemicals used in the production of rubber, paint, and other products has been linked to an increased risk of developing leukemia, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
  • Liver cancer – Workers exposed to certain chemicals and substances like vinyl chloride, arsenic, aflatoxins, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) may have an elevated risk of developing liver cancer.

If you think that your occupational exposure may have contributed to your cancer diagnosis, consult with one of our attorneys. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.

How a workers’ compensation attorney can help

Employers and their insurance carriers will often deny a claim for workers’ compensation related to cancer. They may deny your illness was related to the workplace at all. That’s why you need an experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side. Our firm can:

  • Investigate your situation – We can review your work history, exposure to harmful substances, and medical records to establish a connection between your occupation and the cancer diagnosis.
  • Gather evidence – This may involve collecting medical records, occupational history, witness statements, expert opinions, and other documentation that demonstrates the link between your occupation and the cancer diagnosis.
  • Help you navigate the claims process – An attorney can help you complete the necessary paperwork, meet deadlines, and ensure all required documentation is properly submitted.
  • Negotiate with insurance companies – We can work to secure a fair settlement that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, and other applicable benefits.
  • Appeal denied claims – An attorney can help you file an appeal, present additional evidence, and argue your case at all hearings or court proceedings.

Cancer Due to Workplace Toxins Exposure Demands Tough Workers Compensation Lawyer

Studies have shown that between 2 and 8 percent of cancer cases are caused by occupational exposure. The research also says that this number may be low – there are quite a few potential carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) that have not been fully studied. Of course, workers’ compensation insurance companies tend to downplay the risk of occupational cancer to protect their bottom line. That’s why you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side to fight back.

Breathing Problems, Stomach Pain and Cough Could Be Mesothelioma-See a Doctor, Then Call Us

If you are suffering from cancer due to the nature of your work, you need an aggressive New York cancer attorney in your corner. And if you lost a relative to job-related cancer, talk to us about a potential wrongful death suit. Whether you're in Nassau County, the Bronx or the East Village, call Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP toll-free at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation.