Why diagnosing underlying asbestos diseases is important

By Treven Pyles

Posted on January 05th, 2019

If you have a history of asbestos exposure and have throat, esophageal, gastrointestinal, or colorectal cancer, often - if not always - you suffer from another underlying asbestos-related disease. However, diseases may remain unidentified when doctors do not evaluate your occupational history.

While lung diseases are the most present diseases among victims of exposure to asbestos, asbestos-related cancer can also affect other organs. The respiratory, immunologic, and gastrointestinal systems are adversely affected by asbestos dust inhalation and ingestion. According to medical studies, asbestos fibers can reach one of these areas by traveling through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. Once asbestos fibers attach themselves to an organ, damage involving severe inflammation and tissue scarring will gradually take place. However, diseases may remain unidentified when doctors do not include your occupational history in their clinical evaluation.

Misdiagnosis an underlying asbestos-related disease is quite common

Because regulations on asbestos usage have been implemented in the 1970s and the mineral has a known long latency period, medical specialists anticipate that asbestos-related diseases will only become more prevalent in the following years.

It is important to know that people who are diagnosed with cancers affecting the immunologic, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems as a result of asbestos exposure often have another disease affecting their health. This underlying disease may remain unidentified by medical professionals considering the fact that their symptoms closely resemble those of more common diseases.

Underlying asbestos diseases can range from asbestosis to COPD and are affecting their lungs - the organs where asbestos fibers have initially settled. Unfortunately, many medical professionals focus exclusively on the more common cancer and fail to diagnose the underlying disease, be it out of lack of experience or negligence.

That is why, we strongly advise you to get thoroughly evaluated by a pulmonologist if you suffer from throat, esophageal, gastrointestinal, or colorectal cancer and you suspect that it might be related to your asbestos exposure.

An underlying lung disease diagnosis can tie your cancer diagnosis to asbestos exposure

Seeking a second or even third opinion is crucial not only for your prognosis but also for your ability to recover financial compensation for your injuries.

You can only get compensation from asbestos trust funds when the link between your disease and asbestos exposure is clearly established.

Therefore, if, for instance, you have a colon cancer diagnosis, your asbestos claim will not be paid out, as the evidence supporting the causal relationship between your illness and asbestos exposure will be deemed insufficient.

So if you suspect that your cancer diagnosis is linked to your occupational exposure to the mineral, you need to undergo screening in order to establish the presence of fibers in your lungs, where they have initially settled. It is also important to know that the presence of asbestos fibers in your lungs alone is, most of the time, enough evidence that your disease is asbestos-related, so you do not necessarily have to suffer from a pulmonary disease per se in order to be eligible for compensation.

The following cancers require evidence of asbestos fibers in your lungs or the second diagnosis of pulmonary disease

A B-reader, who specializes in analyzing and classifying X-rays of occupational lung diseases, is the most suitable medical expert to evaluate your chest X-rays. They will be able to tell you with certainty whether there are asbestos fibers in your lungs, as well as whether they have caused any significant damage so far. Seeking their opinion might let you recover the financial compensation you deserve from asbestos trust funds.

With over 25 years of medical practice, the B-readers we work with will eagerly come to your assistance and carefully evaluate your most recent chest X-ray. When asbestos fibers or lung disease are discovered, our attorneys, who have been helping victims of toxic exposure since 1990, will subsequently help you claim the money you are entitled to in the shortest time possible.

Screening for asbestos fibers - a crucial step in recovering compensation

The diagnostic tests for asbestos-related diseases must meet specific standards. At ELG Law, we have found that these tests are seldom done correctly, that is why we help our clients with free asbestos screening.

However, we can offer free asbestos screening only in Birmingham, AL. If you are willing to travel at your expense we will help you get tested free of charge. 90% of the industrial workers and veterans that came in for screening tests have tested positive and we were able to qualify them for asbestos trust funds. If you are unable to travel to Birmingham we will save your information and inform you know when a facility opens closer to you.

Not sure if you qualify to file an asbestos trust fund claim? Whether you're an employee filing a claim due to occupational exposure or a veteran who was exposed during service, our lawyers have the expertise to help you navigate the difficult waters of asbestos claims. If you were exposed either on a civilian job site or in the military you have the right to compensation.

Call us for a free case evaluation as soon as possible after receiving a diagnosis, when the facts of the case are fresh, and you can easily obtain all necessary records. Book a consultation with one of our compassionate, experienced attorneys today.