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Asbestosis Lung Disease
Asbestosis disease is a serious breathing disorder caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. To ensure asbestosis compensation, it is recommended that you get help from an experienced asbestosis lawyer, who will file your complaint against all your employers and the companies that may have caused asbestos exposure.
Asbestosis is life-threatening because it can lead to asbestosis lung cancer and mesothelioma, which is incurable. If you have been exposed to asbestos and think you have an asbestos claim, a number of states accept asbestos lawsuits filed by people who reasonably expect to develop asbestos-related illnesses. People with occupational asbestos-related diseases also may qualify for financial help, including medical payments, under state worker's compensation laws. Whichever route you take, sifting through complex asbestosis legal issues requires an experienced asbestosis attorney. Also, a qualified asbestos lawyer typically goes after 20-30 companies and manufacturers per claim to help you and your family obtain asbestosis compensation.
Asbestosis develops over time as asbestos fibers begin to cause inflammation in the lungs, which leads to the development of scar tissue (fibrosis). The most common symptom of asbestosis is shortness of breath, or a feeling of breathlessness. Asbestosis disease causes scarring of the parenchymal tissue of the lung; it decreases the lung's ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood through a reduction in total lung capacity. Asbestosis can lead to disability and death.
What is Asbestosis?
Additional symptoms of asbestosis can include:
The association between lung cancer and asbestosis is not yet determined. Some experts believe there is a threshold for lung cancer based on the assumption of the carcinogenic process being an extension of the chronic inflammatory processes producing fibrosis. Evidence has shown that heavy doses of white asbestos are required to produce clinically significant lung fibrosis but the potential damage for blue and brown asbestos is still uncertain, but fibrosis has been observed in blue and brown asbestos at much lower exposures. These observations suggest that if a threshold for lung cancer does exist for blue and brown asbestos it must be at a very low level.
Asbestosis and Lung Cancer
Millions of Americans have been exposed to asbestos fibers, mainly from the work environment but cases of asbestosis and mesothelioma have been found in people without occupational asbestos exposure. Workers carried asbestos fibers home on their clothes, exposing family members, and people who lived near asbestos mines have developed asbestosis and mesothelioma. There are approximately 3,000 people diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases every year. Those most at risk include workers in construction, shipyards and other building trades; vehicle mechanics and electricians.
Who is at Risk for Asbestos-Related Disease?
Typically, people who develop asbestos-related diseases show no signs of illness after their first exposure. According to the National Cancer Institute, it can take from 10 to 40 years or more for symptoms of asbestos disease to appear. Due to this length of time, asbestosis is often not diagnosed.
People who become ill from asbestos are usually exposed to it on a regular basis, but others, such as those who worked in the rescue, recovery, and cleanup at the site of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) are also at risk. Residents and schoolchildren nearby could also suffer respiratory problems, which can lead to asbestosis. One study found that nearly 70 percent of WTC rescue and recovery workers suffered new or worsened respiratory symptoms while working at the WTC site.
An asbestosis lawsuit can help you recover the cost of medical bills, lost wages and other costs. Some lawsuits also award punitive damages, which punishes the defendant. If you have an asbestosis claim, you can also include your family or loved ones. Those targeted in asbestos lawsuits include:
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Last updated on Dec-2-14
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Seattle, WA: Two companies face almost $380,000 in fines for allegedly exposing employees to asbestos, putting them at risk of asbestosis and other diseases linked to asbestos. The fines are related to the demolition of an apartment building in Seattle, during which time employees were exposed to asbestos and asbestos was reportedly not properly disposed of [READ MORE]
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Melbourne, Australia: A “factory of death” might sound like something out of a horror movie, but for many people living in a Melbourne suburb, the factory of death didn’t seem terrible at the time. That might be because they did not realize until years later that the asbestos from a nearby factory could cause serious health problems, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. In fact, so little was known about asbestos at the time, that children reportedly played in piles of the carcinogen. It was only decades later, after people have died from asbestos-related diseases, that the true harm caused by asbestos was known [READ MORE]
Researchers: Possible Link between IPF and Asbestosis
New Orleans, LA: When patients know they have been exposed to asbestos, it might be easier for them to understand how they have developed asbestosis or other asbestos-related diseases. But not everyone realizes they have been exposed to asbestos, and asbestosis is remarkably similar to another lung condition, pulmonary fibrosis. The two are so similar that some researchers believe that some cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) might actually be asbestosis [READ MORE]
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