Asbestosis Lung Disease Lawsuits
Asbestosis is caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers and affects workers in many industries. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and virtually indestructible.
The asbestos fibers can easily flake off and are small enough to be completely inhaled deep into the lungs. When they are inhaled into the lung, the lung's defense cells try to destroy the asbestos fibers, but the body's defense mechanisms cannot break down asbestos. The result is that the asbestos fibers remain in the lungs and cause scarring and the inflammation continues for decades. This thickening and scarring prevents oxygen and carbon dioxide from traveling between the the tiny air sacs of the lungs and into the blood stream, so breathing becomes much less efficient. In people who develop Asbestosis, the inflammatory process (once started) continues to progress, fueled by the indestructible asbestos fibers even after the exposure to asbestos has ceased.
People who suffer from Asbestosis may be able to acquire financial compensation for their injuries because the manufacturers of asbestos often ignored the health risks associated with it.
Asbestosis is a slowly progressing disease that will show no symptoms for 10 to 30 years. The early symptoms of Asbestosis typically include shortness of breath, coughing, a dry crackling sound while inhaling and chest pain.
Asbestos can be detected through x-rays, CT scans or a breathing test. Asbestosis can be conclusively detected by taking samples of lung tissue (called a biopsy).
There are certain measures a patient can take to slow the progression of the disease and prolong life. Exposure to asbestos, should, of course, be stopped immediately upon diagnosis of Asbestosis. Smoking should also cease because Asbestosis lungs are much more susceptible to lung cancer. The disease may remain unchanged, but it is generally slowly progressive due to accumulating damage caused by asbestos fibers in the lung. Over time the shortness of breath initially experienced during heavy exertion will be produced by lower levels of exertion. It will eventually interfere with the ability to carry out everyday activities and the individual may require oxygen. These severe problems may take 10 to 20 years to appear.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis, please contact us here for a free case evaluation.