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Pneumonitis  video

Pneumonitis is the medical term for the inflammation of the lung tissue. It occurs when the walls of the air sacs (alveoli) are irritated by various allergens or airborne toxic agents. In certain cases, pneumonitis might be the early sign of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma or asbestosis, preceding their onset.

Asbestos Exposure

With a pneumonitis 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.

Pneumonitis appears as a result of the inflammation produced by asbestos fibers in the lungs

Most of the lung diseases resulting from asbestos exposure have been experienced by former industrial workers and military veterans whose jobs exposed them to airborne asbestos fibers over a period of many years with no respiratory protection and no personal protective equipment. Poorly ventilated and closed working spaces with a high rate of asbestos material disturbances led to high rates of asbestos exposure in these workers.

The asbestos fibers cause irritation, inflammation and scarring, which cause symptoms that primarily affect the lungs. Pneumonitis is classified into several different subtypes, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis – an interstitial lung disease - is caused by repeated and long-term exposure to hazardous substances that are inevitably inhaled into the lungs.

Over time, some people with chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis and with a history of substantial occupational exposure to asbestos develop clubbing of fingers and toes and irreversible pulmonary fibrosis. If the condition goes untreated or is not well controlled over time, the chronic inflammation can cause irreversible scarring of the lungs that may severely impair pulmonary function.

Due to the permanent scarring of lung tissue caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, patients with chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis may suffer recurrent exacerbations, with a worsening of symptoms that can lead to frequent hospital admissions.

Legal assistance for asbestos exposure victims

If you were exposed to asbestos on the job or in the military and now struggle with pneumonitis, you should get a second opinion as the misdiagnosis rate is high, and pneumonitis is often the early sign of mesothelioma. In the unfortunate event that you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, you are eligible for compensation. The only documents we will ask for are your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records clearly stating your diagnosis. Following a careful assessment of your case, we will let you know whether you are eligible to file a claim. If you are, we will promptly begin preparing it for submission and, eventually, you will receive the largest sum of money as compensation for your unjust suffering.