Can I still file a claim if I have a different lung disease caused by asbestos exposure?

By Treven Pyles

Posted on February 17th, 2021

Not few are the cases in which victims of asbestos exposure struggle with pulmonary diseases that do not make them eligible for filing a claim to recover the compensation they deserve. However, with the help of a law firm, you will be able to receive a correct and accurate diagnosis that may qualify you for obtaining the money you are entitled to.

While the majority of people think of asbestos exposure as a thing of the past, since the mineral is rarely used nowadays in industrial and military settings, people are still developing serious diseases as a result of inhaling or ingesting toxic fibers during the last century. These diseases mostly affect the lungs. Nevertheless, there are only certain diseases that make a person eligible for filing a personal injury claim with asbestos trust funds or with the VA, in the case of veterans. If you have a history of occupational or military asbestos exposure and a diagnosis that does not qualify you for recovering financial compensation, our law firm, whose main area of practice is toxic exposure, can help you receive a correct and precise diagnosis that may eventually make you eligible for filing a claim. Because our attorneys work closely with medical experts, they will be able to examine your lungs for asbestos fibers by using chest X-rays and other diagnostic tests. If our medical specialists find that you suffer from a different lung disease than the one stated by your initial diagnosis, you become eligible for filing a claim with asbestos trust funds, as well as with the VA, if you are a veteran.

What afflictions can pulmonary diseases caused by asbestos exposure be mistaken for?

Diagnosing pulmonary diseases caused by asbestos exposure is a challenging task even for the most experienced medical specialists, as the symptoms of these afflictions are very similar. Consequently, misdiagnosis is a very frequent occurrence in victims of asbestos exposure, which is why they need to seek a second and even a third opinion from medical experts if they know they have a history of occupational or military asbestos exposure. It is worthy of note that diseases that develop as a result of asbestos exposure take between 20 and 50 years to occur, as they have a long latency period. The following are some of the conditions and diseases lung problems caused by asbestos exposure can easily be mistaken for:

  • pneumonia
  • lung abscesses
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • lymphoma
  • thoracic Hodgkin's disease
  • lung nodules
  • pulmonary embolism
  • asthma
  • tuberculosis
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • encysted lung effusion
  • influenza

While some of these diseases and conditions have a connection to asbestos exposure, you need to come to our medical facility in Birmingham, Alabama if you have one of these diagnoses, since you will need to undergo additional investigations. Oftentimes, these are not diseases or conditions per se, but a sign of a more serious affliction of the lungs, such as lung cancer or pleural mesothelioma. Our medical specialists have decades of experience in diagnosing diseases that stem from asbestos exposure. Therefore, you will receive a correct and accurate diagnosis if you visit our medical facility, which may qualify you for filing a claim to recover the compensation you deserve.

What lung diseases make you eligible for seeking compensation?

As previously mentioned, there are a series of pulmonary diseases that immediately make you eligible for filing a personal injury claim with asbestos trust funds, as well as a VA claim for disability compensation, if you are a veteran who was exposed to asbestos during active duty. Thereby, if you struggle with one of these diseases, you will no longer need to come to our medical facility for additional investigations, as there is a definitive causal relation between these diagnoses and asbestos exposure. The following diseases caused by asbestos exposure that affect the lungs qualify you for compensation:

If you suffer from one of these diseases, the legal process will be very simple, as you will not be required to come to Birmingham, Alabama for more medical investigations. You will only have to send your employment or military records, as well as your medical records, to our team of legal experts, who will subsequently initiate the legal process of filing a claim. The claim will be filed with all of the companies whose asbestos products you came in contact with and also with the VA to receive disability compensation if you are a veteran who was exposed to asbestos in the military. As for the diseases for which you will have to travel to our medical facility, these are the following:

The reason why you need to undergo additional medical tests and exams, such as chest X-rays and pulmonary function tests, is because there is no definitive causal relation between these diagnoses and asbestos exposure. Furthermore, they can often be signs of a more serious lung disease. Therefore, if you have one of the above diagnoses, we strongly encourage you to travel to Birmingham, Alabama, where our medical specialists will determine with certainty whether asbestos fibers have affected your lungs or you struggle with a disease that is not related to asbestos exposure.

Quality legal assistance for the victims of occupational and military asbestos exposure

The legal team of Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. has over 25 years of experience in filing personal injury claims with asbestos trust funds, as well as with the VA, to recover the compensation that victims of asbestos exposure deserve for their suffering. After you provide our legal experts with your employment or military records and with your medical records, our attorneys will promptly begin working on your case by filing your claim with all the companies responsible for your asbestos exposure. Moreover, if you are a veteran who was exposed to asbestos while on active duty, your claim will also be filed with the VA so that you can obtain disability compensation. By working with our law firm, you will eventually benefit from the largest sum of money available for your diagnosis. We are aware that the vast majority of our clients are in great physical and emotional distress, which is why your involvement in the legal process will be minimal. For more information, please feel free to contact our law firm and we will gladly answer your questions.