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Lung spots are more likely to be diagnosed in individuals who have had a history of occupational asbestos exposure. Lung spots are one of the early signs of possible lung cancer. If you are diagnosed with lung spots and have a work history that states that you worked in an industrial facility, shipyards or on ships, it is likely that you have developed an asbestos-related illness for which you can claim compensation. We can help you with the legal process and facilitate the recovery of your financial compensation. If asbestos fibers were also present in your lungs when the scarring showed up you are eligible for compensation.

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With lung spots diagnosis, you will need to travel to our medical facility in Birmingham, AL if you wish to receive compensation. Additional no-charge testing will be required, generally a chest X-ray and a physical exam.

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Roughly 14% of Asbestos-exposed Workers Developed Lung Spots, According to a Study

A lung spot or shadow refers to a small round or oval growth that develops in the lung and is also called ‘coin lesion’ because of its appearance on a chest X-ray. Lung spots are nothing but lung nodules that form as a result of scar tissue that develops after prolonged exposure to airborne irritants such as asbestos. It can be about 3 cm in diameter or less. Lung spots are quite common and may show up at the rate of at least 1 in 500 X-rays and 1 in 100 CT scans. Typically, these lung spots are accidentally detected on an X-ray or a CT scan performed for a different reason. On a CT scan, it shows up as a white spot. The round-shaped lung spots are more solid than normal tissues of the lung and can be a sign of early lung cancer. Therefore, a chest X-ray which shows lung spots should raise considerable concern, especially in asbestos-exposed workers. A study revealed that out of the 633 asbestos-exposed workers included, 86 people had lung nodules, which amounts to around 14%.

Lung scarring due to inhalation of a highly irritating and carcinogenic substance such as asbestos can cause lung spots, which are revealed on an X-ray or CT scan. A lung spot or a nodule can be either a benign or malignant lesion. Usually, a nodule that becomes larger over time can be a sign of malignancy.

Not all lung spots will be malignant. More than 60% of the solitary lung spots detected in X-rays and CT scans turn out to be benign and conversely, a fairly large number of nodules are malignant. However, a lung nodule is more likely to indicate cancer if you have had a history of occupational asbestos exposure.

Lung Spots Misdiagnosis and Asbestos Exposure Work History

Though a chest X-ray cannot detect the asbestos fibers, it can surely detect early signs of changes that occur in the lungs due to asbestos exposure. If your chest X-ray shows lung spots, then it likely to be asbestos-related particularly if you have sustained asbestos exposure at your workplace. Most of the time, these lung spots may be related to old scars, lung infections (tuberculosis) or other diseases and thus remain misdiagnosed.

Misdiagnosis is quite common among asbestos exposure victims and for this reason, we encourage asbestos-exposed workers to always seek a second opinion from a doctor trained in reading X-rays, who can differentiate whether the lung spot is asbestos-related or some other condition. Most asbestos-exposed workers who initially had lung spots on their X-rays eventually developed lung cancer or mesothelioma over a period of time. It is recommended to get more CT scans periodically in order to keep an eye on the spot and see if there are any changes. Additionally, establishing an accurate diagnosis as early as possible is essential to receive proper treatment and improve prognosis. This will also help you receive the right amount of your well-deserved financial compensation.

If you have a history of asbestos exposure and you were a smoker, you CAN file a claim to recover compensation.

Does Your Chest X-ray Reveal Lung Spots as a Result of Occupational Asbestos Exposure?

If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace and subsequently develop lung nodules that are revealed as spots on your chest X-ray, there is a greater likelihood of having developed an asbestos-related lung cancer for which you are eligible to receive compensation. At ELG, our attorneys assist you with the legal process involved in claiming compensation for your treatment expenses as well as pain and suffering. We just need the documents regarding your work history and written evidence of your diagnosis. There are statutes of limitations in asbestos-related litigations, which may vary by State. Therefore, we need to begin our legal process immediately, preferably as soon as you have a diagnosis of asbestos-related lung spots.

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OUR LEGAL PROCESS IN LUNG SPOTS CASE

Lung spots are nothing but lung nodules that form as a result of scar tissue that develops after prolonged exposure to airborne irritants such as asbestos.