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If you have a family member with a history of asbestos exposure, please encourage them to undergo asbestos screening

By Shaniqua Williams

Posted on May 30th, 2020

In the regrettable case, you have a family member with a history of asbestos exposure, you should encourage them to undergo asbestos screening, whether they currently have a diagnosis or not. Undergoing asbestos screening will not only help them receive a correct diagnosis but may also qualify them for compensation.

During the last century, asbestos was present in tremendous amounts in numerous industries, which made exposure inevitable, as workers were not required to wear any protective equipment to prevent inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers from the air. Furthermore, the industrial facilities they would perform their job in were poorly ventilated, which only increased the level of asbestos fibers in the air they were breathing. Thereby, people who worked in industrial facilities between 1920 and 1980 were heavily exposed to asbestos, which places them at high risk of developing a disease today. Because diseases that stem from asbestos have a long latency period, occurring within 20 to 50 years of exposure, and are also asymptomatic in their early phases, former industrial workers, as well as veterans, need to undergo asbestos screening. If you have a family member with a history of occupational or military asbestos exposure, please encourage them to undergo asbestos screening, as they may unknowingly have developed a related disease.

Convincing your family member with a history of asbestos exposure to undergo screening is very important, as they may not be aware they struggle with a disease or they may have a wrong diagnosis. By undergoing asbestos screening, they will receive a correct and accurate diagnosis, which will not only help them receive appropriate treatment but will also make them eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds or the VA if they are a veteran, which can be recovered with the assistance of a specialized attorney. From asbestos trust funds, compensation ranges between $6,000 and over $1 million, depending on the severity of their disease, whereas compensation from the VA ranges between $282 to $1,900, depending on their disability degree. Because misdiagnosis is a very common occurrence when it comes to diseases that stem from asbestos, undergoing asbestos screenings, whose purpose is to determine whether the person has asbestos fibers in their lungs and assess the damage they have done to the lungs so far, is of utmost importance. Seeking a second opinion from a medical expert is essential if you have a history of asbestos exposure.

Which occupational groups are at the highest risk of developing a disease as a consequence of asbestos exposure?

Veterans, particularly those who served in the U.S. Navy, are particularly susceptible to developing a disease as a result of asbestos exposure, as the military made use of great amounts of asbestos and over 300 different hazardous products would be present on every ship, which unavoidably led to heavy exposure. Consequently, veterans are at high risk of developing a serious disease over the years. Today, up to 30% of veterans struggle with a disease that developed as a consequence of military asbestos exposure. Former industrial workers are also very prone to receiving a terrible diagnosis, as numerous companies employed asbestos during the last century. Over 20% of former industrial workers will develop a disease as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure. While asbestos was present in over 75 industries, the following occupations are the most likely to develop a disease as a result of exposure:

However, it is important to know that diseases which stem from asbestos exposure develop over the course of several decades, as they have a long latency period, which is why it is crucial for veterans and former industrial workers to undergo asbestos screening since oftentimes, people who suffer from these diseases do not experience symptoms in the early phases of the disease. Thereby, if one of your family members was a veteran who served between 1920 and 1980 or a worker which performed their job in one of the above industrial settings, please encourage them to get tested, as this will not only influence their prognosis but may also make them eligible for receiving compensation from the asbestos trust funds of the responsible companies and the VA.

We offer asbestos screening free of charge to veterans and former industrial workers

Because we know how important having a correct diagnosis is, our medical specialists, who have vast experience in diagnosing diseases which are caused by asbestos exposure, will provide your family member with a free of charge asbestos screening. It entails the medical expert carefully examining their most recent chest X-ray to determine whether asbestos fibers are present in their lungs, in which case they qualify for compensation from asbestos trust funds and, if they are a veteran, from the VA as well. Only one asbestos screening is necessary to determine the damage the asbestos fibers have caused to your lungs. They will also assess the damage the asbestos fibers have produced to their lungs and eventually assign a correct and accurate diagnosis, which will not only help them receive timely and appropriate treatment but will also make them eligible for compensation. However, in addition to examining their chest X-ray, our medical specialists may also conduct other tests and exams for a precise diagnosis, such as blood and breathing tests. If you live in close proximity to Birmingham, Alabama, we strongly encourage you to travel to our medical facility so that your family member can undergo asbestos screening.

Recovering compensation as a victim of asbestos exposure

In the unfortunate case, you receive a diagnosis which is the result of asbestos exposure, you have the right to seek compensation for your injury. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing toxic exposure cases, our attorneys will help you file a claim with asbestos trust funds, as well as with the VA if you are a veteran. The legal process will mostly unfold over the phone and via e-mail and your involvement will be minimal. Furthermore, if you are too ill to seek compensation on your own, a family member can help you with the legal process. Our law firm specializes in recovering compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members. Taking legal action is not only important for recovering the compensation you deserve, but also because it will hold the responsible companies liable for their negligent actions.

Which diseases related to asbestos exposure qualify one for recovering compensation?

While asbestos can lead to the development of multiple diseases, mostly affecting the lungs, there are certain diseases which make a person immediately eligible for seeking compensation from asbestos trust funds or the VA, as a definitive causal relation has been found between these diseases and asbestos exposure. If you have one of the diseases below, you will not have to come in person to our law firm, as the legal process will unfold over the phone. You will only have to send your documents, such as employment or military records and medical records, to our attorneys and they will quickly take over and begin working on your asbestos claim. The following are the diseases caused by asbestos exposure which make you immediately eligible for compensation and for which you will not have to undergo additional testing:

If, however, you struggle with one of the following diseases and conditions, you will have to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to undergo asbestos screening, as these diseases and conditions do not have a direct correlation with asbestos exposure, but can make you eligible for compensation if asbestos fibers are found in your lungs. It is important to keep in mind that asbestos screening is a one-time examination and thereby you do not have to visit our medical specialists multiple times. In the unfortunate event you are too ill to travel, a family member can help you by driving you to our medical facility.

By undergoing asbestos screening for the diseases and conditions above, you will qualify for compensation from the asbestos trust funds which manufactured the dangerous products you were in contact with, as well as from the VA if you are a veteran, which offers compensation in the form of disability benefits to veterans injured by toxic exposure while serving in the military. Undergoing asbestos screening for these diseases and conditions is of utmost importance, as they are often misdiagnosed among victims of asbestos exposure and you may thereby suffer from a more serious disease than your initial diagnosis. The financial compensation you will recover following the asbestos screening will also help you afford superior healthcare and treatment, which will enhance your quality of life and survival rate.

How much compensation will I receive for my asbestos disease?

The amount of financial compensation you can recover for a disease caused by occupational or military asbestos exposure highly depends on the number of companies that exposed you to hazardous products, the severity of your diagnosis, and the number of years you were exposed to asbestos. Thereby, serious diseases that are bound to claim the life of a client, such as mesothelioma, will result in payment between $1 million and $1.4 million. The following are the estimated amounts of compensation for every disease caused by asbestos exposure:

  • asbestosis: $10,000-$50,000
  • pulmonary fibrosis: $10,000-$50,000
  • lung cancer: $300,000-$700,000
  • bronchial cancer: $100,000-$500,000
  • colorectal cancer: $300,000-$700,000
  • gastrointestinal cancer: $300,000-$800,000
  • esophageal cancer: $400,000-$800,000
  • throat cancer: $300,000-$700,000

We also help the surviving family members of asbestos exposure victims recover compensation

In the regrettable event that your family member passed away before applying for compensation or lost their life during the legal process, you can still recover compensation on their behalf from asbestos trust funds by filing a wrongful death claim with the help of a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases. If your loved one was a veteran, you will also qualify for dependency and indemnity compensation from the VA. With over 25 years of experience, our attorneys, who have been providing legal assistance to thousands of asbestos exposure victims and their family members, will promptly help you receive the compensation you deserve. Your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, as you will only need to provide your attorney with the employment or military records, the death certificate and the medical records of the deceased asbestos exposure victim. These documents will be used as evidence to support your claim which, if your family member was exposed to asbestos by more than one company, will be filed with multiple asbestos trust funds. It is important to know that we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation on behalf of your deceased family member.