Lung scarring

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Lung scarring is a condition that is highly prevalent among people with a history of occupational asbestos exposure. If you worked in an industrial setting or on ships previously and have now developed lung scarring, please consider getting a second opinion as misdiagnosis occurs often.

Asbestos Exposure

With a lung scarring 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.

Nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with lung scarring or pulmonary fibrosis each year

The scarring of the lungs makes them stiff reducing their size as well as capacity and thereby decreasing the amount of air that can be taken into the lungs during breathing. Once lung scarring develops, it cannot be repaired or reversed, and this condition of irreversible lung scarring is also termed pulmonary fibrosis. Due to lung scarring, it becomes hard for oxygen to pass through the tiny air sacs, and thus the amount of oxygen that passes into the blood reduces. This is a progressive disease and as the lungs get more scarred or fibrotic, the patients become short of breath and may even need oxygen to help them breathe. Nearly 132,000 people in the US are affected with pulmonary fibrosis and almost 50,000 new cases add up each year. It has been estimated that each year over 30,000 people lose their lives due to pulmonary fibrosis.

Asbestos fibers, when inhaled can get trapped inside the tiny air sacs where the exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place within the lungs. In order to get rid of these asbestos fibers from the lungs, our immune system will react through an inflammatory process. Though the white blood cells try to break down these asbestos fibers, these often fail in their efforts and eventually rupture and die. This, in turn, will attract fibroblasts or scarring cells to the site and initiate the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) in the lungs. The scar tissue formation in the lungs can restrict the ability to breathe as well as cut down the oxygen reaching the blood in other parts of the body. Scarring can develop in the pleura, the lining between the lungs and the chest wall, and often occurs in association with asbestosis. This makes it important for workers to share their work history with their doctor and undergo routine check-ups. Additionally, it can take decades before a person starts experiencing symptoms and gets a proper diagnosis, which is very dangerous. Lung scarring may be associated with the following signs and symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • chronic dry cough
  • aches in the muscles and joints
  • unintentional weight loss
  • fatigue

Legal assistance for asbestos exposure victims

If you were exposed to asbestos on the job or in the military and developed lung scarring, you should get a second opinion as the rate of misdiagnosis is very high. For over 25 years, our law firm has been pursuing toxic exposure cases with a focus on asbestos exposure cases. To initiate the process, if you have a diagnosis of asbestos-related cancer you will have to send our attorneys your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. If we determine that you qualify for filing a claim, we will begin preparing it for submission. Eventually, you will obtain the largest sum of money you are entitled to for your diagnosis if you decide to work with us.