By Treven Pyles
Posted on July 14th, 2017
Over 11 million people were exposed to toxic asbestos fibers in their workplace due to the unprecedented prevalence of asbestos in occupational settings between 1940 and 1978. As a consequence of past occupational exposure, the number of new mesothelioma cases has grown dramatically in recent years. Over 100,000 Americans are likely to die of this aggressive form of cancer within the next 40 years. However, mesothelioma is far from being the only disease asbestos can cause.
The inhalation of asbestos fibers may also result in lung cancer and multiple types of non-malignant pulmonary disease. In addition to great physical and emotional distress, people struggling with such terrible illnesses may also experience financial difficulty, since treatment is often incredibly expensive. The average cost of mesothelioma treatment is approximately $84,796.
Each asbestos trust fund has a series of distinctive requirements for individuals who seek financial compensation. Nevertheless, when it comes to medical criteria, the vast majority of asbestos trust funds ask claimants to base their diagnosis either on a physical exam or on a pathology report.
Therefore, you do not have to undergo a lung biopsy to request compensation from asbestos trust funds as long as you have another reliable document supporting your diagnosis, for instance:
Regardless of the technique it implies, a biopsy is still a quite invasive procedure that may cause additional health issues to people who are already struggling with pulmonary disease. If you have a history of asbestos exposure and experience symptoms, only a specialist will be able to tell you whether a lung biopsy is suitable for you.
A biopsy/pathology report is necessary only in the following cases:
A routine X-ray or CT scan may identify pleural plaques. These areas of hyaline fibrous tissue on the surface of pleura are the most common signs of past exposure to asbestos, and indicative of asbestos pleural lung disease. But pleural plaques aren't a sign that any person can watch out for because they rarely cause symptoms.
Physicians recommend that people who were exposed heavily to asbestos should have chest X-rays annually. CT scans and lung function tests may also be warranted. While these tests cannot detect asbestos fibers, they can reveal health issues that can be better treated in the early stages. Screening should be considered for patients who are now or have been in the past workers involved in:
Those that have been diagnosed with non-malignant conditions such as:
will need to travel to our Birmingham, AL location for proper evaluation. Our staff, toxicologists, and medical experts offer free of charge local asbestos screenings to victims and their families. You do not need to travel if you were diagnosed with any type of cancer because you have immediate eligibility. Call us now to speak to an attorney about your legal options.