Asbestosis is a type of pulmonary fibrosis that develops in heavily asbestos-exposed workers
If you have been exposed to asbestos during your lifetime, you are at risk for developing asbestosis - an incurable, progressive lung disease that makes it extremely difficult to breathe.
Asbestosis has a notoriously long latency period. Clinical symptoms usually do not begin to manifest until 10 to 40 years following asbestos exposure. For this reason, asbestosis is exceptionally rare in individuals younger than the age of 50.
People working in the following trades are more likely to have been exposed to asbestos in the past:
- asbestos miners
- power plant workers
- shipyard workers
- auto mechanics
- oil refinery workers
- chemical plant workers
- textile mill workers
- paper mill workers
In people who were subjected to heavy asbestos exposure, for instance, in asbestos miners and insulation workers, the latency period is generally between 12 and 20 years, sometimes maybe shorter.
About 27% of mill workers developed symptoms of asbestosis after 5-9 years of heavy asbestos exposure whereas those people who were exposed to a lower quantity of asbestos, the latency period was well over 30 years, as per a study. Therefore, the latency period for asbestosis may range from 10 to 40 years.
Imaging tests and screening can recognize signs of asbestosis even before the major symptoms develop, and for this reason, if you have been exposed to asbestos on the job, ensure that you have a consultation with a doctor specializing in asbestos-related illness.
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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis, our expert team can seek compensation against the companies that exposed you or your family member to asbestos and hold those companies accountable for the suffering caused by asbestos exposure.
At Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., we will take great care when building your case to gather all relevant evidence, including medical records and accounts from you and your family about the damages you have suffered.
Our highly specialized, experienced, and dedicated team of lawyers are focussed on making the process as simple and easy to understand as possible. If you have lost a loved one due to asbestosis, we can also help you recover compensation for all medical care your loved one received before his or her death.