Getting Compensated for Asbestosis
Asbestosis is a disease associated with prolonged exposure to asbestos. If you or someone you know is suffering from this disease, it’s important to know that you may be able to receive significant compensation for your pain, suffering and medical expenses depending on your case. Learning more and getting started with an asbestosis lawsuit may be easier than you think. There is no cure for it, but those who are affected can get some relief from their suffering with compensation that will ease the burden on themselves and their families.
Asbestos is a natural fiber which has been used in many construction materials including roofing, flooring, insulation, soundproofing, cement and more, because of its durability, fire-resistance and inability to conduct electricity. However, the dangers of asbestos are now widely recognized, so it is closely regulated and rarely used today. When asbestos is disturbed, small fibers can break off and become airborne. Asbestosis is caused by the prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers which embed themselves into the lungs. The fibers can cause serious scarring of the delicate lung tissues which makes it more and more difficult to breathe as the condition progresses.
Asbestos is present in many manufacturing materials produced prior to 1975, so individuals who worked in construction at that time, or those who do extensive demolition and remodeling work today are at a high risk for contracting the disease. Asbestosis is also common among asbestos miners, electricians, boiler operators, shipyard and railroad workers who were employed in these professions before the late 70s. Families of these professionals can occasionally contract the disease from exposure to asbestos fibers carried on the clothing of the workers when they return home. Smokers also experience additional complications associated with asbestos exposure.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
The most notable symptom of asbestosis is shortness of breath, caused by scar tissues on the lungs which makes it more difficult for the tissue to contract and expand. This symptom is first noticeable when the individual is exerted, but over time it will occur continuously. Coughing and chest pain will occur as the disease progresses. Anyone who has a history of asbestos exposure and is experiencing these symptoms should consult a doctor. A chest x-ray or CT scan is most often used to provide conclusive diagnosis.
Complications can include a wide range of asbestos-related diseases. Individuals who smoke are much more likely to develop these complications than others. Asbestos-related diseases include lung cancer, mesothelioma, pleural effusion, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pleural plaques. Many of these, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, have a high fatality rate.
Individuals who were exposed to asbestos on the job for a long period of time without proper protection from the airborne fibers associated with this material may be eligible to receive compensation for their asbestos disease. Dealing with it is an ongoing battle for individuals. The medical expenses can be high, and extreme difficulty breathing can interfere with some individuals’ work. If you are suffering from the devastating effects of any asbestos-related disease, you should take action as soon as possible to explore your legal options.
If you believe that you may be eligible to receive compensation for asbestos exposure and related diseases, you can begin exploring your legal options today by filling out a simple online form. Provide your information in the form available here on this website to get started now. You will receive a compensation evaluation free of charge.
Armed with this information, you can be on your way toward getting compensation that will help you to manage your asbestosis from a more comfortable financial situation.
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