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Asthma is a chronic lung illness often associated with allergies and involves the inflammation of the airways with excessive production of mucus triggered by stress, exercise, and exposure to allergens. Work-related or occupational asthma can be caused as a result of exposure to industrial dust including asbestos. However, most cases of asthma are not related to asbestos, while mesothelioma is exclusively caused by asbestos fibers. As asthma is a common respiratory disorder, it is likely that the signs of pleural mesothelioma could be interpreted as that of asthma. This leads to a delayed diagnosis of mesothelioma and reduced options for treatment. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with asthma, but you also had significant asbestos exposure in the past, it is better to seek a second opinion and get your case evaluated by us to check whether you are eligible for compensation.

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Work-related Asthma Affects More Than Two Million Workers in the United States

Work-related asthma can be either new-onset asthma that develops due to repeated or long-term exposure to irritants in the workplace or pre-existing asthma that gets exacerbated at the workplace. New-onset asthma or occupational asthma occurs in about 15-30% of asthma patients. It is commonly associated with certain occupations that handle textiles, animal care, manufacturing and processing, automobile repairs, and refining operations that expose workers to dust, hazardous chemicals, and fibers that cause lung problems. Additionally, some people who already have asthma may be exposed to triggers such as allergens, irritants, and extremes in temperature or humidity at the workplace. Individuals with work-related asthma are symptomatic at work and tend to improve when they are away from work. More than 250 agents have been identified as workplace triggers that lead to occupational asthma.

Work-related asthma comprises up to 20% of adult asthma cases. Out of the work-related asthma cases, about 20-27% consist of patients with pre-existing asthma that get aggravated at the workplace and up to 80% are new patients who develop asthma because of workplace exposure. According to the American Lung Association, occupational lung diseases are the most common form of work related illnesses.

A study has reported a possible relationship between asbestos exposure and bronchial asthma; however, the subjects included were also exposed to dust other than asbestos fibers. A few studies also reported elevated serum IgE levels and atopic condition in workers exposed to asbestos. Asbestos exposure is suspected to cause airway obstruction by inducing asthma; however, further investigation is ongoing to clarify this hypothesis.

Symptoms of Asthma Resemble those of Pleural Mesothelioma

The symptoms of occupational lung disease such as asthma may resemble other conditions, particularly mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is likely to be misdiagnosed as asthma because of its common symptoms such as a chronic cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, and wheezing. As the signs and symptoms of malignant pleural mesothelioma are quite subtle, doctors often tend to attribute these to other common inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and allergies. On the other hand, these symptoms develop gradually and emerge only after about 15-40 years of exposure to carcinogens including asbestos. Therefore, early diagnosis of mesothelioma becomes difficult. Here is a list of symptoms you need to watch out for:

  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • A persistent cough

If you have a history of asbestos exposure and you were a smoker, you CAN file a claim to recover compensation.

Asthma Misdiagnosis and Asbestos Exposure Work History

Misdiagnosis is common among asbestos exposure victims. As the symptoms of most asbestos-related lung diseases are almost similar to other common lung conditions, we strongly advise individuals with a history of asbestos exposure – particularly smokers – to undergo a biannual medical examination, which will help prevent late detection of any unfortunate condition that has developed. The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma stage 1 are similar to those caused by asthma and are likely for the early stages of pleural mesothelioma to be wrongly diagnosed as asthma. A characteristic symptom caused by stage 1 pleural mesothelioma is a feeling of slight to moderate pressure in the chest, which is a result of fluid build-up within the lining of the lungs. All the other symptoms are not specific to mesothelioma, but if you have been exposed to asbestos material in the past, it is better to consult a mesothelioma specialist as early as possible. Diagnosing the condition at an early stage will drastically improve your prognosis. You will have several treatment options if you have been diagnosed at stage 1 mesothelioma because the disease will be confined to just the lung lining and will be easily removable through either surgery or chemotherapy alone. For this reason, we encourage you to always seek a second opinion, preferably from a specialist in asbestos-related diseases.

In addition to jeopardizing your treatment and prognosis, asthma misdiagnosis can also lead to recovering less amount of compensation than that you are entitled to because the financial compensation is mainly decided on the basis of the severity of your disease.

Quality Legal Assistance for Asbestos Exposure Victims with Asthma

If you have been working around by asbestos during the past century and have received a diagnosis of asthma, you should initiate legal action as soon as possible because you might have been misdiagnosed with asthma instead of the more deadly asbestos-related disorders. You may need to seek a second opinion and see whether you have more serious disorders such as mesothelioma/lung cancer/asbestosis that make you eligible for compensation from the asbestos trust fund of your former employer. With nearly three decades of experience in asbestos litigation, our legal team comprising of skillful attorneys will carefully evaluate your case to determine whether you qualify for filing a claim. If you are entitled to receive compensation, our team will attend to the most complex aspects of the legal process, as well as prepare and submit the necessary documents so that you can completely focus on your health and treatment. Till date, our law firm has successfully recovered compensation of over $1.4 billion for asbestos victims and will be of help to you, too.

If you lost a family member who was suffering from asthma, our attorneys will recover compensation on their behalf

Numerous victims of asbestos exposure avoid seeking legal assistance when they are alive because of many reasons including the fear of going through a long process to receive compensation. Generally, individuals diagnosed with asthma are reluctant to file a claim because they think their illness is not severe enough to claim for financial compensation. However, a lawyer specialized in handling asbestos exposure cases would have been helpful in recovering the rightful compensation from one or multiple asbestos trust funds.

With more than three decades of experience in handling asbestos litigations, our attorneys will evaluate your case and try to recover as much compensation as your departed family member was entitled to receive. The only documents you will need to provide us are the victim’s work history and medical records. We will completely handle major aspects of the legal process and your involvement will be quite minimal. If the products manufactured by the company at which your family member worked were responsible for their diagnosis, then you will be eligible to receive money from the asbestos trust fund that was set up by the employer.

However, it is important to file a wrongful death claim within the statute of limitation period, which is 1-3 years and depends on the state you belong to. Therefore, it is necessary to seek legal assistance as early as possible for a successful outcome.

At Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., we have represented over 230,000 asbestos victims and we are willing to help you, too. For additional information, contact us at 205.328.9200.

How Do We Handle Asthma Cases?

During the past 30 years, our law firm has received numerous requests for legal assistance from people with a diagnosis of asthma coupled with a past history of asbestos exposure. The process of recovering compensation in such cases is quite challenging compared to cases of clients with more serious illnesses. Our attorneys eagerly take up asthma cases and work towards helping you receive the financial compensation that you are entitled to.

Once you have approached us and had a consultation, we will begin with the legal process, which generally consists of the following steps:

  • Our team of experts conduct thorough research and discover additional information regarding your case that can eventually grant you a larger amount of compensation
  • Your lawyer will prepare your asbestos claim and submit the necessary documents.
  • Your attorney will decide upon the best type of claim and submit it to the board of trustees with sufficient evidence of your employment and diagnosis.
  • After the approval of your claim, within a period of six months, you will be receiving your financial compensation on a monthly basis from the asbestos trust fund.

OUR LEGAL PROCESS IN AN ASTHMA CASE

More than 250 agents have been identified as workplace triggers that lead to occupational asthma.