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What is asbestos screening?

Asbestos screenings entail the careful examination of the chest X-rays of a person with a history of asbestos exposure to determine whether there are asbestos fibers in their lungs and to assign a correct and accurate diagnosis.

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During asbestos screenings, the chest X-rays of the patient will thoroughly be examined to determine whether asbestos fibers are present in their lungs

Since most diseases, which occur as a consequence of asbestos exposure affect the lungs, undergoing asbestos screening involves a medical specialist with vast experience carefully examining your chest X-rays to determine whether you have asbestos fibers in your lungs, as well as to which extent they damaged your lungs. Thereby, they will be able to eventually assign you a correct diagnosis, depending on what they observe on your chest X-rays. However, asbestos screening may also entail other medical tests and exams, which have the purpose of accurately identifying the potential disease you suffer from, such as breathing tests, a CT scan, or blood tests.

In rare cases, if lung cancer or mesothelioma is suspected in a patient, the medical specialist will also have to do a biopsy, a procedure which implies collecting a sample of tissue from one of the tumors which developed on your lungs and sending it to a pathologist to properly examine it. The pathologist will subsequently be able to determine whether you have lung cancer or another pulmonary disease, as they will carefully look at the cells which occur in your lung tumor. Nevertheless, the medical tests and exams you will have to undergo during asbestos screening will mostly depend on the symptoms you are experiencing, as well as on the circumstances of your asbestos exposure.

Our medical specialists offer asbestos screenings free of charge to everyone with a history of asbestos exposure

If you are a former industrial worker or a veteran with a history of occupational or military asbestos exposure, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our medical experts, who have vast experience in diagnosing diseases that stem from asbestos exposure. They will thoroughly examine your most recent chest X-ray and subsequently assign you a precise diagnosis. Not only will undergoing asbestos screening provide you with a correct diagnosis, but it will also help you recover compensation in the unfortunate event you receive a diagnosis. With over 25 years of professional experience, our medical specialists will employ all the necessary tests and exams to assign you a correct diagnosis.

However, if you want to undergo asbestos screening free of charge, you first need to call our law firm to determine whether you are eligible, as not everyone who developed a disease as a consequence of asbestos exposure needs a screening. The following are the diseases which qualify you for a free of charge asbestos screening, as a definitive correlation between them and asbestos exposure has not yet been found and you will need to undergo a series of tests to determine whether you have asbestos fibers in your lungs:

Therefore, if you are a former industrial worker or a veteran with one of the above conditions, you are eligible for a free of charge asbestos screening. We strongly encourage everyone who lives within driving distance of Birmingham, Alabama to come to our medical facility to have their lungs examined for asbestos fibers.

If you have a disease as a result of asbestos exposure, you are entitled to compensation

In the regrettable event that the asbestos fibers in your lungs led to the development of a disease, you have the right to take legal action. Our attorneys, who have been pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure and their family members since 1990, will gladly assist you with filing a claim with asbestos trust funds and, if you are a veteran, with the VA as well to recover the maximum amount of money you qualify for. While the legal process in asbestos exposure cases is very complex and tedious, your involvement will be minimal, as you will only have to provide your attorney with your employment or military records and with your medical records, documents which will be used as evidence of asbestos exposure and of related diagnosis.

By filing a claim with multiple asbestos trust funds, whose number will depend on how many employers exposed you to asbestos, our attorneys are bound to recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years in most states, so it is highly recommended to take legal action as soon as you receive your diagnosis. Finally, you should know that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to pay your attorney anything unless they succeed in recovering compensation for you.

If you have a cancer diagnosis, you no longer have to undergo asbestos screening

People who developed a form of cancer as a result of asbestos exposure are not required to undergo asbestos screening, as they immediately qualify for compensation from asbestos trust funds and, if they are a veteran, from the VA as well. A family member can help you navigate the legal process, which will mostly unfold over the phone, so that you will not have to come in person to our office. The following cancers make you immediately eligible for compensation if you have a history of asbestos exposure:

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