Pneumonitis

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Pneumonitis is the medical term for the inflammation of the lung tissue. It occurs when the walls of the air sacs (alveoli) are irritated by various allergens or airborne toxic agents. In certain cases, pneumonitis might be the early sign of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma or asbestosis, preceding their onset. If you have a pneumonitis diagnosis and your chest X-rays show asbestos fibers in your lungs, contact us to see if you have a case.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure

With a pneumonitis 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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Pneumonitis appears as a result of the inflammation produced by asbestos fibers in the lungs

Most of the lung diseases resulting from asbestos exposure have been experienced by former industrial workers and military veterans whose jobs exposed them to airborne asbestos fibers over a period of many years with no respiratory protection and no personal protective equipment. Poorly ventilated and closed working spaces with a high rate of asbestos material disturbances led to high rates of asbestos exposure in these workers.

The asbestos fibers cause irritation, inflammation and scarring, which cause symptoms that primarily affect the lungs. Pneumonitis is classified into several different subtypes, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis – an interstitial lung disease - is caused by repeated and long-term exposure to hazardous substances that are inevitably inhaled into the lungs.

Over time, some people with chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis and with a history of substantial occupational exposure to asbestos develop clubbing of fingers and toes and irreversible pulmonary fibrosis. If the condition goes untreated or is not well controlled over time, the chronic inflammation can cause irreversible scarring of the lungs that may severely impair pulmonary function.

Due to the permanent scarring of lung tissue caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, patients with chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis may suffer recurrent exacerbations, with a worsening of symptoms that can lead to frequent hospital admissions.

Asbestosis can easily be misdiagnosed as another type of pneumonitis

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

Conditions that qualify for VA asbestos compensation

Asbestos diseases entitle veterans to compensation benefits only if the majority of the asbestos exposure occurred during active duty. Only a few of these diseases will bring in a 100% disability coverage (like pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma), and all of them require documentation and proof that they were caused by asbestos exposure and not other causes.

Lung cancer Mesothelioma Asbestosis Pulmonary Fibrosis

Common questions

The compensation you will receive highly depends on factors such as the severity of your diagnosis, the size of the asbestos trust fund you file with, as well as the percentage they pay out.

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Every asbestos case is unique and there are numerous factors that might influence the waiting time. Depending on the situation, asbestos claims will result in financial compensation within one month to one year.

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Yes. The money you were receiving from asbestos trust funds during your lifetime will go to your family after your death. If, however, you had not filed a claim, your family can still recover compensation.

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In order to receive compensation, you need to file a claim with the asbestos trust fund set up by the company responsible for your injury. A lawyer will speed up the process significantly.

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The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file an asbestos claim after diagnosis. It varies between one and six years, depending on the state you live in.

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Diseases caused by asbestos exposure affect 20% of former industrial workers and 30% of veterans. Every year, between 12,000 and 15,000 people lose their lives to diseases that stem from asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos is a carcinogen responsible for the occurrence of terrible diseases. However, most people who became ill had been exposed to high levels of asbestos over the course of several years.

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Disability compensation is a financial benefit the VA pays out only to veterans with diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, or asbestosis. Therefore, a veteran is not eligible for it in the absence of a proper asbestos-related diagnosis.

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