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, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your asbestos-related illness.

Our attorneys will provide quality legal assistance and help recover your well-deserved compensation amount. If asbestos fibers were also present in your lungs when the scarring showed up you are eligible for compensation.

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

The scarring of the lungs makes them stiff reducing the size as well as capacity and thereby decreases 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

Lung scarring misdiagnosis and asbestos exposure work history

As the symptoms of lung scarring or pulmonary fibrosis are almost similar to those of other lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, as much as 50% of cases are misdiagnosed during the initial presentation. Most asbestos victims who were initially told they had lung scarring, in fact, had asbestosis, lung cancer, or even mesothelioma. Misdiagnosis is very common among asbestos exposure victims and for this reason, we advise workers with asbestos exposure to always seek a second opinion from a doctor specializing in asbestos-related diseases. It is very important to establish the correct diagnosis of your asbestos-related condition so that you can receive appropriate care and treatment that avoids further disease progression. In addition, an accurate diagnosis will also fetch you the right amount of financial compensation you deserve for your injury.

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.

We provide quality legal assistance to asbestos exposure victims with lung scarring

If you were exposed to asbestos on the job or in the military and developed lung scarring, you should get in touch with our experienced attorneys, as you may be eligible for compensation. For over 25 years, our law firm has been pursuing toxic exposure cases with a focus on asbestos exposure cases. To initiate the process, you will have to send our skilled 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.

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Our legal process in a lung scarring case

Correlations between lung scarring and prolonged exposure to asbestos have been determined by our attorneys and they will help you fight your case.