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Asbestosis is a pleural disease caused by exposure to asbestos fibers which generally took place in occupational industrial settings, construction, Navy, and other jobs. It gradually hinders lung function and breathing capacity, eventually rendering the sufferer greatly disabled.

The majority of people who struggle with asbestosis came in contact with the fibers in the workplace several decades ago, have a high risk of developing cancer, and with a cancer diagnosis, they are now eligible for compensation from the asbestos trust funds or VA claims.

Asbestos Exposure

With an asbestosis diagnosis alone, you are not eligible for compensation. But given the fact that the rate of misdiagnosis is high, and the cancer risk is high with asbestos exposure we strongly recommend you get a second and even third opinion outside the VA. If you are diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer you become eligible to file a claim and obtain financial compensation.

Between 1999 and 2013, asbestosis was responsible for the death of over 20,000 Americans

While rare among the general population, asbestosis is a widespread disease among people with a history of workplace asbestos exposure. It is a form of pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that entails the scarring of the lung tissue, and it typically ensues within 10 to 20 years after the person was in contact with asbestos for the first time.

Inhalation is the only route of exposure, which may lead to asbestosis. The reason why the disease has such a long latency period resides in the way in which the asbestos fibers in the lungs cause damage to the organs.

Accordingly, shortly after inhalation, the asbestos fibers which attached themselves to tissue start producing increasingly severe inflammation and scarring, which will ultimately affect the lungs extensively.  It is important to note that suffering from asbestosis makes you 10% more susceptible to developing lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma in the future. Pulmonary heart disease is another complication that can arise from asbestosis.

Unfortunately, asbestosis has no cure at the moment. The role of the existing treatment is to keep the disease under control and alleviate symptoms. Every year, more than 1,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives to asbestosis, the majority of whom were exposed to the carcinogen in the workplace before 1980. It is also worthy of note that smokers with a history of heavy occupational asbestos exposure are substantially more likely to develop asbestosis and other related diseases than non-smokers who handled the hazardous mineral on the job. In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, asbestosis sufferers are also prone to malignant diseases such as colorectal cancer, since asbestos fibers can easily travel through the body via the bloodstream or the lymphatic system from the lungs to nearby or distant organs.

Evolution of Asbestosis

The most common symptoms of asbestosis, which are very similar to the signs of numerous other types of pulmonary disease, include:

Legal assistance for asbestos exposure victims

A diagnosis of asbestosis which is the result of working a job involving asbestos exposure or military asbestos exposure unfortunately is not enough for you to obtain financial compensation. We can only help you if you have an asbestos-related cancer diagnosis. With nearly 30 years of professional experience, the legal professionals at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. will go to great lengths to make the process of claiming the money you deserve as easy as possible.

Because we are well aware of how overwhelming struggling with asbestosis can be, we will do all in our power to simplify the legal process for you. Therefore, you will only have to send our skilled attorneys your medical records and your employment records if you were exposed to asbestos occupationally or your military records, which you must retrieve, if you were exposed to the mineral during active duty. We work on a contingency fee basis, with a standard fee of 40%.