Kidney Cancer Due to Asbestos?
The kidneys are essential to the functioning of the human body, by filtering the blood and waste and producing urine. That is why kidney cancer is one most invasive and debilitating carcinoma.
Asbestos and kidney cancerRisk factors for kidney cancer, if they can be pinpointed, traditionally include tobacco use, obesity, excessive use of painkillers, hypertension, diet and genetics. Exposure to industrial chemicals like cadmium, organic solvents, etc. increases your risk of getting this aggressive cancer.
Asbestos has been definitively proven to cause several cancers, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, besides other respiratory diseases. Other types of cancer were inconclusively correlated with the presence of asbestos at work sites.
Renal cell carcinoma or kidney cancer is among asbestos cancers now, as autopsies have shown that asbestos fibers are present in the gastrointestinal tracts or urinary tracts of patients. A 2000 German study demonstrated that renal cell cancer showed an increased risk in those consistently exposed to toxins used in the rubber, printing, and chemical industries. Benzene, cutting fluids, certain mineral oils and asbestos were cited among these toxins. Other studies in the U.S. and Italy confirmed causal association by showing asbestos fibers in the kidneys and urine of patients, so the general view now is that asbestos should be treated as a probable cause and factor of increased risk for kidney cancer.
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How can you prove a connection to asbestos exposure?Most often, asbestos enters the body by inhalation. It can also enter the bloodstream or, often, it can be ingested into the gastrointestinal tract via other substances (most often water) and lodge into tissues or vital organs. This process makes it dangerous, and relatively easy to pinpoint. Diagnostics tests, such as tissue samples examination or X-rays, can demonstrate the existence of asbestos fibers in your organs or tissue linings. This check is required for such cases of cancers not proven to be directly caused by asbestos exposure: you must show the existence of underlying conditions, such as asbestosis, etc.
If at any point in your work history you were exposed to asbestos and had been diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, talk to an experienced lawyer, in an initial free consultation, to find out if you are eligible for an asbestos trust fund claim.
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Asbestos trust fundsCompanies that used asbestos industrially found themselves under constant litigation by those who developed serious conditions because of exposure to this toxic substance. Unable to sustain settlement fees, they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and had to set up Asbestos Trusts under 524(g). These trust funds must be sufficiently large to cover current and future settlements, to where now their cumulative worth is well over 30 billion dollars.
If you have developed kidney cancer and were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, you are most likely entitled to an Asbestos Trust Fund settlement. The value of the settlement depends on how severe your condition is and on the extent on which you can prove an underlying disease or asbestos-related condition, such as fibers in your lungs or other organs, asbestosis, pleural plaques, etc. The Trust Fund will conduct additional checks to verify the validity of your claims, so it is best first to are eligible and can pass these tests.
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Eligibility for asbestos trust fundsThere are three main things you should put on your checklist for your claim:
o Respecting the statute of limitations. Depending on the state in which you are filing your claim and the Asbestos Trust Fund you are filing with, the statute of limitations may vary. Usually, it ranges from one and two years from the moment you receive your kidney cancer diagnosis. This legal requirement is somewhat problematic regarding asbestos-related diseases because asbestos is notoriously slow in showing up in medical conditions. Sometimes a decade may pass between exposure and confirmation of illness. An attorney can advise you on the specifics of your case.
o Relevant medical diagnosis. It is critical that you can show proper medical diagnosis not only of kidney cancer but also of an asbestos-related underlying disease. You can produce pathology tests and X-ray scans demonstrating asbestos fibers in your tissues, lungs or other organs, pleural plaques, asbestosis or some other asbestos-related condition, and medical statements attesting to asbestos contributing to your kidney cancer. Remember that the Trust Funds will conduct further medical check-ups and verifications.
o Definitive proof of exposure. Document your exposure to asbestos while employed by the company in charge of the Trust Fund by presenting employment records, statements from colleagues, invoices from that period and any document that can show beyond doubt that the company was using asbestos at your work site when you were employed there.
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Expedited review and trueing upIf your condition is far-reaching, and you do not want to wait for the rather lengthy procedure, you can choose the expedited processing of your case. Here, the settlement will be smaller than if you had waited out the regular processing of your claim; it will, however, be paid much faster.
The money you can get depends on some factors, including the severity of your disease and your skill (or your lawyer's ability) in collecting all necessary evidence, medical and otherwise, to support your case. Once the settlement is decided, it cannot be reviewed down; it can, however, be reviewed up if your percentage is recalculated.