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How an early lung cancer diagnosis can influence your asbestos claim

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on June 27th, 2019

To prevent the necessity of a lung transplant, people who have a history of asbestos exposure on the job should undergo a medical examination at least once a year. Early diagnosis can be lifesaving. A B-reader is a medical professional who can best evaluate your X-rays.

Early diagnosis of asbestos lung cancer is very important because malignant cells can spread to other areas of the body before being detected in the lungs. The disease is much more difficult to treat when this spread or metastasis has occurred.

While asbestos exposure can affect multiple organs in the body, it is mostly the lungs that are damaged by the inhalation of the airborne fibers of this carcinogenic mineral. Although lung cancer is primarily caused by exposure to cigarette smoking, a significant number of people come to suffer from this debilitating illness because they experienced occupational asbestos exposure.

It is important to know that lung cancer takes between 20 and 50 years to develop in a person who inhaled asbestos dust, so periodical asbestos screening and medical examinations become vital to their health and could even save their lives. A simple chest X-ray can reveal whether your lungs are in good condition. Because asbestos lung cancer falls under the category of occupational diseases, a B-reader is the most suitable medical professional who can evaluate your X-rays.

Asbestos screening - an important part in the process of recovering compensation

Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. has found that diagnostic tests, such as PFT and the physical may be done incorrectly, that is why we help our clients with medical assistance. However, at the moment, we can only offer free asbestos screening in Birmingham, AL. If you can travel to Birmingham, we can facilitate for you free asbestos testing.

If you are a victim of asbestos exposure, our B-readers will provide you with free screening, so do not hesitate to contact us. In the unfortunate case that you developed lung cancer as a result of occupational asbestos exposure, first and foremost we send our best thoughts to you and your family. Our attorneys are here to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. We will file a claim with one or multiple trust funds, depending on how many companies exposed you to the toxic mineral, a legal process that requires no litigation. If you are in this situation, we strongly encourage you to contact us as we can help you get the fairest compensation your asbestos claim is worth.

The importance of early diagnosis in pursuing a claim

Getting an early and correct diagnosis is extremely important not just because this can improve your life prognosis but also because it can help you with your legal claim. The sooner you receive your diagnosis, you can apply for compensation which can help with the medical costs. With a lung cancer diagnosis, you have immediate eligibility and our staff and attorneys will prioritize your cases for expedited processing.

Asbestos trust funds represent the primary source of compensation for former workers who were later diagnosed with lung cancer following occupational asbestos exposure. Unlike a lawsuit, filing a claim with asbestos trust funds does not entail going to court and waiting several years for a resolution. However, although it is a considerably less complex and time-consuming process than standard litigation, only a lawyer specialized in asbestos cases will be able to successfully submit an asbestos claim on your behalf. If you or someone in the family was diagnosed with lung cancer as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience, as the time asbestos victims have to take legal action is unfortunately limited to a 3-year statute. Our attorneys will dedicate their efforts to achieving the most satisfactory outcome and maximum compensation for your case.