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.
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:
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:
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.