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What are the signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure?

Because the majority of diseases which occur as a result of asbestos exposure affect the lungs, people with a history of asbestos exposure will experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and a persistent cough.

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The majority of diseases which occur as a consequence of asbestos exposure affect the lungs

Asbestos exposure, which occurs when a person inhales or ingests asbestos fibers from the air, can lead to the development of numerous diseases within 20 to 50 years. However, the majority of people who come to struggle with a disease stemming from occupational or military asbestos exposure develop lung diseases, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, or mesothelioma. Thereby, the symptoms they will experience will be similar, regardless of the pulmonary disease they suffer from. Some of the most common symptoms of diseases which develop as a result of asbestos exposure are:

  • a persisting cough
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing
  • fever
  • night sweats
  • loss of appetite
  • wheezing
  • hoarseness
  • night sweats
  • fatigue
  • unexplained weight loss

Nevertheless, if a disease occurs anywhere else in the body, the symptoms the patient will experience will be different. For instance, in people who end up having gastrointestinal cancer or colorectal cancer as a result of asbestos exposure, symptoms such as abdominal pain, heartburn, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, discomfort in the abdomen, blood in the stool, constipation or diarrhea, rectal bleeding and swelling in the abdomen will occur. Thereby, the symptoms of diseases which develop as a consequence of asbestos exposure vary greatly depending on the disease in question.

It is worthy of note that all diseases which stem from asbestos exposure have a long latency period, as once inside the body, asbestos fibers will gradually cause inflammation and tissue scarring to the organ they attach themselves to. Over the years, these symptoms may give way to the development of a disease. For this reason, people with a history of asbestos exposure need to undergo periodical medical examination to timely find out about a disease they may have developed.

Our lawyers provide quality legal assistance to people injured by asbestos exposure

If you struggle with a disease that developed as a result of occupational or military asbestos exposure, you have the right to take legal action. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members, our attorneys specialize in toxic exposure cases and will offer you the legal assistance you need. Following the initial discussion, during which you describe the circumstances under which you were exposed to asbestos, you will need to provide your attorney with your employment or military records, as well as with your medical records, which will be used as evidence of asbestos exposure and of related diagnosis. While the legal process is very complex, your involvement will be minimal, so that you can continue focusing on your health and treatment. We will file a claim with the asbestos trust funds of the companies which manufactured the dangerous products you were exposed to and with the VA if you are a veteran who was exposed to asbestos while serving in the military. By filing a claim with all of the liable parties, you will receive the maximum compensation you are eligible for.

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