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
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.
Establishing the diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases is not always a facile practice.
In making an accurate diagnosis, your doctor will start by taking a detailed medical and occupational history, then conducting multiple procedures and screening tests, which includes a chest X-ray, a CT scan, breathing tests, and blood tests.
Chest X-Ray enables the visibility of scarred lung tissue. The X-Ray must be checked by a B-Reader who is trained and certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the radiology of asbestos-related occupational lung diseases.
Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for hundreds of asbestosis victims across the U.S.
Since misdiagnosis is very common among victims of asbestos exposure, asbestosis may often be mistaken for a less serious lung disease, which will prevent the sufferer from receiving the compensation they deserve. 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. Because the legal process is complex and filing a claim requires solid evidence to support it, the help of a lawyer specialized in asbestos compensation claims is necessary.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with asbestosis, let our team of compassionate attorneys pursue compensation for you. 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. 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.