Emphysema misdiagnosis and asbestos exposure work history
The symptoms of asbestos-related lung disorders are quite similar to those of common lung illnesses such as asthma, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. This makes differentiating emphysema from other diseases very challenging even for experts in the field. Misdiagnosis is said to have occurred when emphysema is wrongly diagnosed as pneumonia or asthma. We encourage seeking a second opinion from a pulmonologist who specializes in asbestos-related diseases. This will certainly reduce your chance of being diagnosed inaccurately and treated inappropriately. Additionally, second opinions also let you have a more accurate diagnosis of your condition and thereby help you recover the rightful amount of financial compensation from asbestos trust funds.
Victims of secondary asbestos exposure who suffer from emphysema are also eligible for compensation
It has been estimated that about 10% of patients with asbestos-related diseases develop the illness as a result of indirect contact with the carcinogen. This is referred to as secondary asbestos exposure and generally happens when a worker exposed to asbestos brings home the toxic fibers putting the residents of his home at risk unknowingly. Secondary asbestos exposure was highly prevalent before the 1970s among women who laundered their husband’s work clothes and children who often greeted their fathers while they returned home from the workplace.
It is important to be aware of the fact that even the victims of secondary asbestos exposure who struggle with emphysema, a type of COPD may be entitled to receive compensation from asbestos trust funds. As the products manufactured by the company for which their family member would work were, in fact, responsible for their diagnosis, they will receive money from the asbestos trust fund set up by the employer in question, should they meet the eligibility criteria.
The claims involving secondary asbestos exposure are challenging and for this reason, the assistance of a lawyer with good experience in asbestos litigation is essential to pursue such claims. Our team of lawyers performs a thorough evaluation of the case as well as does extensive research, and they also possess a broad knowledge of this area of practice which is needed for a successful outcome.
If you lost a family member who was suffering from emphysema, our attorneys will recover compensation on their behalf
Several victims of asbestos exposure do not seek legal assistance at all when they are alive due to various reasons including the fear of going through a tenacious process to receive compensation. Patients diagnosed with emphysema generally do not file a claim because they think their illness is not severe enough to deserve financial compensation. However, it is essential to get in touch with an asbestos attorney to evaluate whether you can claim your rightful compensation from one or more asbestos trust funds.
With more than three decades of experience in handling asbestos litigations, our attorneys will evaluate your case and try to recover the rightful amount of compensation your departed family member deserved. Your involvement will be quite minimal as we will handle all aspects of the legal process. But, you will need to provide us with information related to the victim’s work history and medical records. If the products manufactured by the company at which your family member was working were found responsible for the victim’s diagnosis, then you will be eligible to receive money from the asbestos trust fund that was set up by the employer.
At Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., we have represented over 230,000 asbestos victims till now and we are eager to help more.