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Pleurisy  video

Pleurisy – also known as pleuritis – refers to the inflammation of the pleura, the thin membrane, which covers the lungs. There are multiple causes of this condition, including asbestos exposure. It is not uncommon for pleurisy to precede the onset of mesothelioma and oftentimes, it co-occurs with the disease. The most common signs of pleurisy are shortness of breath and chest pain.

Asbestos Exposure

With a pleurisy 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.

As a common early sign, pleurisy often occurs before mesothelioma

Although pleurisy can be caused by common lung infections such as pneumonia or tuberculosis, asbestos exposure is very likely to result in the inflammation of the pleura as well. Inhaled fibers will remain in the lungs for an unlimited period of time, since the human body is not designed to naturally eliminate them, which may lead to inflammation and tissue scarring over the years. It is important to mention that the effects of asbestos exposure appear only within 20 to 50 years, so being regularly evaluated by a specialist is vital if you have a history of exposure.

The most common symptoms of pleurisy are:

  • shortness of breath
  • coughing
  • chest pain which intensifies when coughing and ceases when you hold your breath
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest tenderness
  • pain in the neck, shoulders or abdomen

The carcinogenic nature of asbestos fibers can easily irritate the pleura, which will gradually cause severe inflammation. Pleural effusion, the accumulation of fluid between the two layers of the pleura, is another frequently encountered sign of asbestos-related diseases. It frequently occurs with pleurisy as a consequence of inflammation.

Legal assistance for asbestos exposure victims

Since 1990, our attorneys have been dedicating their endeavors to helping people injured by asbestos exposure obtain the financial compensation they deserve. If you struggle with pleurisy please ask for a second opinion as this condition if often an early sign of mesothelioma. To initiate the legal process if you have an asbestos exposure related cancer diagnosis, we will need your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. After evaluating your case, our skilled attorneys will let you know whether you qualify for filing a claim. If you do, we will begin preparing it for submission as soon as possible. Eventually, our attorneys will present you with the largest sum of money you are entitled to from asbestos trust funds and the VA if you are a veteran.