New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) August 14, 2010
Attorneys of The Young Firm in New Orleans, Louisiana are helping oil field and oil rig workers who may have been exposed to cancer causing asbestos from the 1950s through the late 1980s. Drilling mud used in the drilling for oil and gas contained asbestos during this time period and many workers including floor hands/roughnecks, mud engineers, shaker hands and others unknowingly breathed in asbestos fibers. These fibers are known to cause or significantly contribute to many forms of cancer including lung cancer. In smokers, the asbestos fibers greatly increase the likelihood of the individual contracting lung cancer.
As explained by attorney Timothy Young, "Sadly many smokers blame themselves and their history of smoking for their lung cancer. In fact, past exposure to asbestos may have significantly increased the chances that they were going to get lung cancer. These individuals must know this information and should take steps to determine if they have an asbestos injury that may have played a role in causing their lung cancer. We are offering a free lung x-ray to those who qualify in an effort to help these people."
Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen). Studies have also suggested an association between asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as an elevated risk for cancers of the throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder.
Additionally, asbestos exposure may also increase the risk of asbestosis (an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage) and pleural plaques (changes in the membranes surrounding the lung), pleural thickening, and pleural effusions (abnormal collections of fluid between the thin layers of tissue lining the lungs and the wall of the chest cavity).
To help oil field workers who may have been exposed to cancer causing asbestos, The Young Firm is offering a free asbestos screening lung x-ray. More information can be obtained at their website helping oil field and rig workers with asbestos related drilling mud claims. Workers can also call (866) 724-0779 to see if they qualify for a free asbestos screening lung x-ray. If workers are diagnosed with an asbestos injury, all of their legal rights, choices and options will then be discussed with them. "These workers were exposed to this disease causing asbestos by the very companies they worked for. These workers should not have to pay for health problems that were caused by their employers many years ago." says Timothy Young.