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Asbestos exposure may cause multiple diseases at the same time

By Shaniqua Williams

Posted on July 12th, 2020

In people with a history of asbestos exposure, multiple diseases can occur at the same time, as asbestos fibers, once inside the body, can easily travel through the bloodstream and reach the weakest organs, such as the stomach or the bladder, where they will gradually lead to the development of malignant tumors.

Between 1920 and 1980, people in over 75 industries were heavily exposed to asbestos, which is why today, 20% of former industrial workers struggle with diseases which stem from occupational asbestos exposure and more than 30% of veterans suffer from a disease as a result of military asbestos exposure, as the military also made use of tremendous amounts of asbestos, particularly the U.S. Navy. While the majority of victims of asbestos exposure develop a form of respiratory disease, there are a significant number of cases which involve the development of multiple diseases as a consequence of asbestos exposure, such as the concurrence of lung cancer and colon cancer. Because asbestos fibers are microscopic and can easily travel through the bloodstream and reach the most vulnerable organs in the body, such as the bladder or the stomach, it is not surprising that many people with a history of asbestos exposure come to have more than one disease.

Determining how many diseases you struggle with is important not only for receiving appropriate and effective treatment, but also for recovering the maximum financial compensation you deserve, as the sum of money you are eligible for highly depends on your diagnosis. Former industrial workers can obtain compensation from the asbestos trust funds of the companies which were responsible for their occupational asbestos exposure, while veterans can also recover disability compensation from the VA, in addition to asbestos trust funds. However, the process of filing a claim for asbestos exposure is very complex and the legal assistance of a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases is necessary. They will promptly evaluate your situation and subsequently begin working on your claim by gathering the evidence to support it, such as your employment or military records and your medical records. Furthermore, their legal experts will conduct thorough research to discover additional proof to support your claim.

Which diseases caused by asbestos can occur at the same time?

As previously mentioned, there are numerous people who end up struggling with multiple diseases as a result of the asbestos fibers they inhaled or ingested during their job or military service. Usually, the first disease to be diagnosed in victims of asbestos exposure concern the respiratory system and thereby, individuals who were exposed to asbestos will initially receive a diagnosis of asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, bronchial cancer, pleural effusion, esophageal cancer, diffuse pleural thickening, lung cancer or mesothelioma. However, over the years, a second cancer may develop in the body, such as colon cancer, gastrointestinal cancer or bladder cancer. These diseases can concur, as asbestos fibers travel through the bloodstream and attach themselves to various organs in the body, gradually causing inflammation and tissue scarring which, in turn, will give way to the development of malignant tumors.

The following are only some of the cases of our clients in which two diseases caused by asbestos exposure occur at the same time:

  • lung cancer and colon cancer
  • asbestosis and gastrointestinal cancer
  • mesothelioma and gastrointestinal cancer
  • lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancer
  • pulmonary fibrosis and bladder cancer
  • mesothelioma and colon cancer
  • lung cancer and bladder cancer
  • pleural effusion and colon cancer
  • asbestosis and bladder cancer

If you are a victim of occupational or military asbestos exposure, it is essential to undergo asbestos screening in order to receive a correct and accurate diagnosis. Being examined by multiple specialists with vast experience in diagnosing diseases which stem from asbestos exposure is crucial, as they are the only medical professionals who can assign a precise diagnosis, as well as detect any secondary disease you may be suffering from. Therefore, seeking a second and even a third opinion from a medical expert is of utmost importance if you suspect you developed one or multiple diseases as a consequence of asbestos exposure.

Our medical specialists offer free of charge asbestos screening to victims of asbestos exposure

In the unfortunate case you have a disease which developed as a result of occupational or military asbestos exposure and you are seeking a second opinion, please contact our law firm, as the medical experts we collaborate with can provide you with a free of charge asbestos screening. Subsequently, you will be assigned a correct and accurate diagnosis, as they will employ multiple tests and exams to accurately determine the disease or diseases you struggle with. By examining your chest X-rays, they will determine if asbestos fibers are present in your lungs, which, if they are, will qualify you for compensation. They will also use tests and exams such as breathing and blood tests to observe the damage the asbestos fibers have caused to your lungs so far. It is important to know that, even if you suffer from a cancer other than respiratory as a consequence of asbestos exposure, asbestos fibers must exist in your lungs to become eligible for compensation, as these are the requirements of the asbestos trust funds and of the VA. Thereby, if you have a history of asbestos exposure, we wholeheartedly invite you to contact our law firm for a free asbestos screening.

We provide quality legal assistance to people who were injured by asbestos exposure

With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure, our attorneys are here to help you recover the money you deserve for your physical and emotional distress. If you have more than one diagnosis, they will file a claim for each, which will result in the maximum compensation you qualify for. For this reason, it is important to have a correct diagnosis. It is also worthy of note that if multiple companies are responsible for your asbestos exposure, our attorneys will file a claim with every one of your former employers so that you can recover the largest amount of compensation available. If you are a veteran, we will also file a claim for disability compensation with the VA, which you are also entitled to in addition to the compensation you will recover from the asbestos trust funds.

While the legal process is complex and tedious, your involvement will be minimal, as you will only have to send our attorneys your employment or military records, as well as your medical records, documents which will be used as evidence to support your asbestos claim. This way, you will be able to continue focusing on your health and treatment while our legal experts are carefully taking care of every aspect of the process. Lastly, you should know that asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years from the moment of diagnosis in most states, which should prompt you to take legal action as soon as possible.