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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, with the asbestos trust funds they are now eligible for compensation through our claims.

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With an asbestosis diagnosis, you will need to travel to our medical facility in Birmingham, AL if you wish to receive compensation. Additional no-charge testing will be required, generally a chest x-ray and a physical exam.

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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.

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

  • a lingering dry cough
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • fatigue
  • chest tightness
  • a crackling sound when breathing
  • loss of appetite
  • nail clubbing
  • unexplained weight loss


Asbestosis is irreversible. However, early diagnosis implies a better prognosis. With adequate treatment, asbestosis can be successfully kept under control and the person will experience minimal symptoms, being able to enjoy a higher quality of life. Therefore, if you held down a job that involved working with asbestos or being surrounded by it, monitoring your health by undergoing annual screenings is essential, as asbestosis is often asymptomatic in the beginning.

What diagnoses can you receive if you have asbestosis?

It is very important to know that if you have asbestosis, you may receive a diagnosis that does not have this exact name but another.

However, the diagnosis will mean approximately the same thing and will describe the damage that was caused by asbestos to your lungs.

The following is a list of diagnoses you may receive if you have asbestosis.

Nevertheless, this is not a comprehensive list, and you may be told you have a lung disease that is not on this list.

You should keep in mind that any of these diagnoses still qualifies you for seeking financial compensation, so if you have one of these diseases, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys. We will have a talk with your healthcare provider, who will offer our experts more details about your diagnosis and how it is related to asbestos exposure. You are most likely eligible for compensation, which is why we strongly encourage you to give us a call if you were told you have one of these diagnoses.

Asbestosis misdiagnosis and asbestos exposure work history

Regardless of the disease, one may suffer from, misdiagnosis is extremely common among victims of asbestos exposure. There are several reasons which explain this awful situation, including people experiencing vague symptoms that might stem from any pulmonary disease, the low prevalence of diseases caused by asbestos exposure, as well as lack of reliable screening tests.

Lack of perceivable symptoms in the early phases of asbestosis also contributes to tardy diagnosis and, at the same time, unfavorable prognosis for plenty of individuals. Nevertheless, undergoing a simple chest X-ray and a series of pulmonary function tests once a year is a very effective measure against a late diagnosis of a potential asbestosis case. Any abnormality the asbestos fibers in your lungs might have caused over time will be visible on the X-ray, so your doctor will be able to determine whether you have developed asbestosis.

However, because pulmonologists rarely encounter asbestos victims during their practice, seeking a second and even third opinion from specialists in asbestos lung disease is vital in the regrettable event you were diagnosed with asbestosis. There are numerous other diseases caused by asbestos exposure that can mimic asbestosis, such as pulmonary fibrosis, COPD, pleural plaques, and even lung cancer. Asbestosis can be also misdiagnosed as:

Consequently, requesting as many expert opinions as you can is essential for your prognosis and for receiving the correct treatment. Our medical specialists also offer screenings to asbestos victims with a history of occupational exposure, so please feel free to send in your most recent chest X-ray and we will promptly let you know whether your lungs were affected by this carcinogenic mineral. A B-reader is the most qualified to offer you an accurate interpretation of your X-ray. He is trained to recognize the fibers wherever these are lodged in the lungs: the lower bilateral lobes, the lower lung zones, mid lung zones, and all six lung zones. 

Quality legal assistance for people struggling with asbestosis

If you have a diagnosis of asbestosis which is the result of working a job involving asbestos exposure or military asbestos exposure, our lawyers are eager to provide you with the help you need to recover compensation for your suffering. 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. We will happily guide you through every step of the process.

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%.

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We also provide legal assistance to family members suffering from asbestosis as a result of secondary exposure

Considering the popularity of asbestos as a raw material during the last century, it should not be surprising that the diseases in which exposure can result are not restricted to people who handled it on the job.

Due to the convenient properties and inexpensive purchase cost it had, asbestos was used in massive amounts by hundreds of companies throughout the U.S.

Preoccupied mainly with financial gain, the executives of these companies valued the safety of their workers very little, which is why asbestos would often escape industrial facilities and end up in the houses of employees, endangering the lives of their family members. Inhabiting the same dwelling as someone who was, at the time, working with asbestos implied a high risk of secondary exposure. Today, approximately 10% of asbestos victims were indirectly exposed to harmful fibers.

If you believe your asbestosis diagnosis is the consequence of living under the same roof as someone who handled asbestos in the workplace, we encourage you to contact our attorneys at your earliest convenience, as we also assist secondary exposure victims. Following our first consultation, we will begin pursuing your case so that you will be able to benefit from compensation as well.

If you were/are a smoker and were diagnosed with lung diseases and have occupational military or industrial exposure to asbestos, we can look into eligibility for a claim for you.

Have you lost a dear one to asbestosis? Our lawyers will promptly recover financial compensation on their behalf

Failing or refusing to seek financial compensation is not uncommon at all for victims of asbestos exposure, as they are often too ill to take care of such matters. Nonetheless, the close family members and spouses of these people can decide to file a wrongful death claim with asbestos trust funds under the guidance of a specialized lawyer in order to receive the money their loved one would have been entitled to. So far, our highly experienced attorneys have recovered compensation for over 233,000 individuals whose health was affected by asbestos exposure, many of whom deceased.

If you also have a dear one who did not file a claim during their lifetime, our legal professionals are here to assist you. The process of seeking compensation requires no litigation and is usually completed within less than two years. For additional information, do not hesitate to give us a call and we will gladly answer any questions you may have.

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Those who suffer from asbestosis have a 10% higher risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer in the future.

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