Diagnosed with asbestosis?
If you or a family member worked with asbestos in any way, you may have developed this serious health condition called asbestosis as a result of exposure. The manufacturer or another party may be held legally responsible for your medical bills and other losses or injuries. Take this opportunity to discuss your case with an asbestos attorney who can advise you of your options.
When asbestos fibers lodge in the lungs, they can cause a respiratory disease called asbestosis. It causes fibrosis, or scar tissue, to develop inside the lungs. This inhibits lung expansion, preventing oxygen absorption into the blood and removal of carbon dioxide from the body. Asbestosis is also known by the names fibrotic lung disease, pneumoconiosis and interstitial pulmonary fibrosis.
Symptoms of asbestosis may include chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, nail abnormalities and clubbing of the fingers. In addition to reviewing the patient’s detailed medical history and occupational history for asbestos exposure, doctors may use diagnostic tools such as a chest x-ray, pulmonary function test, computed tomography (CT) scan or bronchoscopy in the diagnosis.
There is no cure for asbestosis and no treatment to reverse the effects of asbestos in the lungs. The goal of treatment is to stop the disease from progressing, alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. The first step is to cease the asbestos exposure. Because smoking increases the risk of developing this disease, cancers and undermines treatment benefits, it is important to stop smoking. Your doctor may prescribe medications to alleviate your symptoms, perform procedures remove secretions from the lungs or oxygen therapy. Certain asbestosis patients may require lung transplantation.
Contact an Asbetos Exposure Lawyer
If you have developed asbestosis as a result of your exposure to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. At Napoli Shkolnik, our mesothelioma attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience and have recovered more than three billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for those who have been injured by the negligence and wrongdoing of others. No one deserves to suffer in such a way. If you contracted asbestosis, you should receive only the best medical treatment, which may only be possible by way of a personal injury lawsuit. Please call us today for more information on how we can fight to see that justice is served.