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Chronic bronchitis lawyers

Chronic bronchitis, a form of lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) restricts the flow of air into the bronchial tubes and lungs. Tobacco smoking is the primary cause of chronic bronchitis, however, prolonged exposure to toxic agents in the workplace including asbestos fibers can contribute to the development of chronic bronchitis. COPD is the fourth leading cause of fatality in the U.S. If you or your loved one has developed symptoms of chronic bronchitis and has been exposed to asbestos at the workplace in the past, get in touch with our specialized attorneys who will help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.

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With a chronic bronchitis diagnosis, you will need to travel to our medical facility in Birmingham, AL if you wish to receive compensation. Additional no-charge testing will be required, generally a chest x-ray and a physical exam.

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About 12 million people get diagnosed with COPD in the U.S. every year

A statistically significant number of cases of chronic bronchitis have been reported in people exposed to asbestos according to the results of several scientific studies. In a study conducted in Sweden, which included 316,729 construction workers, the death rate due to COPD was higher in workers exposed to asbestos by around two and a half times when compared to those who had not been exposed to the toxic substance. The Environmental Health Journal published a study in the year 2011, which reported that COPD due to occupational exposure to toxic fumes resulted in about 375,000 deaths worldwide in a year.

In 2016, more than 8.9 million people in the United States were diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. As we know, smoking cigarettes can lead to respiratory disorders such as chronic bronchitis, but what is baffling is that most people who end up developing this illness are nonsmokers. The culprits in such cases are toxic fumes and other air pollutants including asbestos, particularly in people who have been working in industries handling asbestos, for example, shipbuilding, power plants, and construction.

Although the connection between asbestos and COPD is not clearly defined yet, it has been shown that prolonged asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing COPD or worsen the disease. Studies suggest that people with COPD were more likely to die after being exposed to airborne asbestos at work.

Common signs and symptoms of chronic bronchitis and asbestos exposure

In individuals with chronic bronchitis, a persistent cough develops that is usually accompanied by mucus discharge. Other common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

If you have a history of asbestos exposure and you were a smoker, you can file a claim to recover compensation.

Chronic bronchitis misdiagnosis and asbestos exposure work history

The symptoms of asbestos-related diseases are similar to those of other common lung diseases such as pneumonia and asthma. For this reason, differentiating chronic bronchitis from other diseases can be quite challenging even for the experts. Misdiagnosis occurs when chronic bronchitis is wrongly diagnosed as pneumonia or asthma. We recommend seeking an opinion from at least two specialists and getting yourself evaluated by a pulmonologist who specializes in asbestos-related diseases. This certainly reduces your chances of being diagnosed inaccurately and treated inappropriately. Second opinions also let you have a more accurate diagnosis of your condition and thereby recover the rightful amount of financial compensation from asbestos trust funds.

Quality legal assistance for asbestos exposure victims with chronic bronchitis

If you have been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and had been working in industries which involved handling asbestos or asbestos products during the last century, you should initiate legal action as early as possible because you may be eligible to file a claim from the asbestos trust funds of your former employer. With almost three decades of experience in asbestos litigation, our legal team comprising of knowledgeable attorneys will carefully evaluate your case to determine whether you qualify for filing a claim. If you are entitled to receive compensation, our team will take care of the most complex aspects of the legal process, as well as prepare and submit the required documents so that you can totally focus on your health and treatment. Till date, our law firm has been successful in recovering compensation of more than $1.4 billion for asbestos victims and will certainly be of help to you, too.
Our standard fee is a 40% contingency fee. That means we only collect that fee if our claim is successful and we recover compensation for you. If we can't recover any compensation for you, you will not have any out-of-pocket expenses, 

Victims of secondary asbestos exposure who suffer from chronic bronchitis are also eligible for compensation

About 10% of patients with asbestos-related diseases develop the illness as a result of indirect contact with the carcinogen. This is referred to as secondary asbestos exposure and was highly prevalent among women who laundered their husband’s work clothes and children who often greeted their fathers while returning home from the workplace.

It is important to be aware of the fact that even the victims of secondary asbestos exposure who struggle with chronic bronchitis, a type of COPD may be entitled to receive compensation from asbestos trust funds. As the products manufactured by the company for which their family member would work were, in fact, responsible for their diagnosis, they will receive money from the asbestos trust fund set up by the employer in question, should they meet the eligibility criteria.

The cases involving secondary asbestos exposure are challenging and for this reason, the assistance of a lawyer with vast experience in asbestos litigation is essential to pursue such claims. A thorough evaluation of the case, extensive research, and broad knowledge of this area of practice are needed for a successful outcome.

If you lost a family member who was suffering from chronic bronchitis, our attorneys will recover compensation on their behalf

Several victims of asbestos exposure may not seek legal assistance when they are alive due to many reasons including the fear of going through a tenacious process to receive compensation. In the case of chronic bronchitis, people generally do not file a claim because they think their illness is not severe enough to deserve financial compensation. However, it is essential to get in touch with a lawyer specialized in handling asbestos exposure cases to check out whether you can claim your rightful compensation from one or multiple asbestos trust funds.

With more than three decades of experience in handling asbestos litigations, our attorneys will evaluate your case and try to recover as much compensation as your departed family member was entitled to receive. But, you will need to provide us with information related to the victim’s work history and medical records. We will completely handle all other aspects of the legal process and your involvement will be quite minimal. If it is found that the products manufactured by the company at which your family member was working were responsible for their diagnosis, then you will be eligible to receive money from the asbestos trust fund that was set up by the employer.

However, it is important to remember and file a wrongful death claim within the statute of limitations period, which is 1-3 years and it also depends on the state you belong to. Therefore, it is necessary to seek legal assistance as early as possible for a positive outcome.

At Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., we have represented over 230,000 asbestos victims and we are eager in helping you, too.

Our legal process in a chronic bronchitis case

A statistically significant number of cases of chronic bronchitis have been reported in people exposed to asbestos according to the results of several scientific studies.

Common questions

The compensation you will receive highly depends on factors such as the severity of your diagnosis, the size of the asbestos trust fund you file with, as well as the percentage they pay out.

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Every asbestos case is unique and there are numerous factors that might influence the waiting time. Depending on the situation, asbestos claims will result in financial compensation within one month to one year.

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Yes. The money you were receiving from asbestos trust funds during your lifetime will go to your family after your death. If, however, you had not filed a claim, your family can still recover compensation.

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In order to receive compensation, you need to file a claim with the asbestos trust fund set up by the company responsible for your injury. A lawyer will speed up the process significantly.

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The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file an asbestos claim after diagnosis. It varies between one and six years, depending on the state you live in.

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Diseases caused by asbestos exposure affect 20% of former industrial workers and 30% of veterans. Every year, between 12,000 and 15,000 people lose their lives to diseases that stem from asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos is a carcinogen responsible for the occurrence of terrible diseases. However, most people who became ill had been exposed to high levels of asbestos over the course of several years.

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Since they were not required to wear any protective equipment on the job, many engineering, manufacturing, maintenance workers, and military veterans were exposed to asbestos unknowingly or inadvertently while performing their everyday duties on the job.

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Disability compensation is a financial benefit the VA pays out only to veterans with diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, or asbestosis. Therefore, a veteran is not eligible for it in the absence of a proper asbestos-related diagnosis.

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