Asbestosis is often mistaken for a less serious pulmonary disease in victims of asbestos exposure
Because the symptoms of lung diseases that stem from asbestos exposure are very similar to those of more common pulmonary diseases, misdiagnosis is a frequent occurrence among the victims of asbestos exposure. Having a correct diagnosis is important not only for recovering the compensation you deserve but also for receiving appropriate and effective treatment. For this reason, it is a very good idea to seek a second and even a third opinion if you were diagnosed with a disease as a result of asbestos exposure. Some of the diseases asbestosis may be misdiagnosed as are the following:
- pulmonary fibrosis
- chronic bronchitis
- diffuse pleural thickening
- pleural plaques
- lung scarring
- lung cancer
- bronchial cancer
The only way to assign a correct diagnosis is by undergoing a series of tests and exams under the supervision of a medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases that stem from asbestos exposure, such as a chest X-ray, a CT scan, breathing tests and blood tests. It is very important to let your physician know that you have a history of asbestos exposure so that they can take into consideration asbestosis when assigning you a diagnosis.
Asbestosis occurs when there is severe scarring in your lungs, which causes you to experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, a persistent cough, difficulty breathing, and fatigue. Every year, approximately 600 people lose their life to asbestosis in the United States. While it is a benign disease, it can, over the years, lead to the development of serious health complications which can be fatal, such as respiratory failure. The only cause of asbestosis is asbestos exposure, hence the name of the disease. It is worthy of note that struggling with asbestosis increases your risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, which develops on the outer lining of the lungs.
Recovering compensation for asbestosis
If you have a diagnosis of asbestosis, you are eligible for compensation from the asbestos trust funds and, if you are a veteran, from the VA as well. However, because the legal process is complex and filing a claim requires solid evidence to support it, the help of a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases is necessary. Since they have vast experience in pursuing asbestos exposure cases, our attorneys will gladly assist you with filing a claim for asbestosis, as they have been pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure since 1990.
After the initial discussion, during which you need to thoroughly explain your situation to our legal team, our attorneys will prepare your claim, while our legal experts will gather additional evidence to support it. Your involvement in the legal process will be minimal, as you will only have to provide our attorneys with your employment or military records, as well as with your medical records, documents which will be used as proof of asbestos exposure and of related diagnosis. Finally, it is important to know that asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years in the majority of states, which should make seeking compensation a priority for you.