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Asbestos is a fibrous mineral used in products like insulation, clothing, and floor tiles. It’s a soft and hairy material, much different than other minerals. What also sets it apart is that certain lung diseases and even cancer have been linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Today, asbestos is regulated by the government but is yet to be completely banned.

f you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and were subsequently diagnosed with asbestosis, you may qualify to participate in an asbestosis lawsuit.

Contact an experienced asbestosis lawyer from TorHoerman Law to discuss your legal options, including filing an asbestosis lawsuit.

Asbestosis and mesothelioma are the two main diseases attributed to asbestos exposure, but they’re very different. The biggest difference is that mesothelioma is cancer while asbestosis is scarring. They’re both caused by exposure to asbestos, but asbestosis requires long-term exposure and mesothelioma doesn’t. Symptoms more common to mesothelioma are abdominal pain and lumps of tissue under the skin.

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What is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a long term scarring and inflammation of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Many people who develop the disease get it from their place of work, as asbestos is commonly found in various construction materials. Thousands of new asbestosis cases arise each year despite government regulations. If you’ve suffered a lung injury or other illness after being exposed to asbestos, you can benefit from calling an asbestosis lawyer.

 

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral used in products like insulation, clothing, and floor tiles. It’s a soft and hairy material, much different than other minerals. What also sets it apart is that certain lung diseases and even cancer have been linked to inhalation of asbestos fibers. Today, asbestos is regulated by the government but is yet to be completely banned.

Thousands of Americans work in environments containing the harmful fibers and develop lung injuries such as asbestosis and mesothelioma as a result.

 

What Causes Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is caused by breathing in high concentrations of asbestos. Old homes and other buildings are more likely than modern buildings to be made using asbestos. The disease can take years to grow before a person has any idea that they’re ill—as long as 30 years, in some cases.

When microscopic asbestos fibers build up in the lungs, scar tissue slowly forms that makes it harder to breathe. The lungs eventually grow weaker and weaker, resulting in further complications and even death. It’s important to stay away from areas containing asbestos or else you may want to file an asbestosis lawsuit.

 

Asbestosis Symptoms

Asbestosis symptoms are often unexpected because of the years it takes for the disease to develop. You may be suffering from asbestosis if you’ve been around asbestos and start to experience the following symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • weight loss or reduced appetite
  • unusual throaty sounds when breathing
  • finger deformities
  • dry cough
  • chest pain

If your doctor has diagnosed you with asbestosis, contact an asbestosis lawyer to start your financial recovery.

 

Am I At Risk of Being Diagnosed with Asbestosis?

The concentration and length of exposure to asbestos particles increase the risk of asbestosis. Pre-existing conditions have also demonstrated increased risk; smokers are more likely to fall ill than non-smokers, for example.

These places are the most likely to contain dangerous asbestos fibers:

  • Old homes and buildings
  • Pipes and tanks
  • Popcorn ceilings
  • Gutters
  • Textured paint
  • Old floor tiles
  • Cement slabs
  • Boilers

 

By consequence, these people are at the highest risk of developing asbestosis:

  • Miners
  • Mechanics
  • Railroad workers
  • Construction workers
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Boilermakers

 

Testing for Asbestos

Asbestos levels can be tested using at-home kits or hiring contractors who can test for you. It’s advised to hire a tester because asbestos testing is lengthy and requires a lot of different tools. Even if you test yourself, you’ll eventually have to send the kit to a lab for analysis. If your asbestos test comes back positive, you will then need to hire an asbestos removal company and potentially an asbestosis lawyer.

 

Asbestosis Diagnosis and Treatment

A diagnosis of asbestosis must be carried out by your doctor. They will perform imaging scans to look for lung scarring and other lung abnormalities such as whiteness. They will also perform a pulmonary function test. Additionally, your doctor will review your medical history and whether or not you may have been exposed to asbestos.

There is no known cure for asbestosis, but treatment can help reduce certain symptoms of the disease. Asbestosis treatments include medication, breathing exercises, supplemental oxygen, and lung transplants. If medical bills for your asbestosis have grown out of control, ask an asbestosis lawyer what your options are.

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, you should contact an asbestosis lawyer right away. An asbestosis lawsuit can help offset the many costs associated with asbestosis treatment.

 

What is the Difference Between Asbestosis and Mesothelioma?

Asbestosis and mesothelioma are the two main diseases attributed to asbestos exposure, but they’re very different. The biggest difference is that mesothelioma is cancer while asbestosis is scarring. They’re both caused by exposure to asbestos, but asbestosis requires long-term exposure and mesothelioma doesn’t. Symptoms more common to mesothelioma are abdominal pain and lumps of tissue under the skin.

What also separates the two diseases is location. Asbestosis manifests within the air sacs of the lungs, whereas mesothelioma forms in the lining of the lungs. Since mesothelioma is cancer, chemotherapy and radiation are treatment options in some cases. If you’ve been diagnosed with either of these serious diseases, see about filing an asbestosis lawsuit for financial compensation.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, TorHoerman Law offer mesothelioma lawyer representation services as well as asbestosis lawyer services.

 

Asbestosis Health Risks

Having asbestosis increases the risk of developing other complications in the chest area. Some of these complications are benign while others can lead to serious injury and death. Asbestosis complications to be aware of are pleural effusion, pleural plaques, and asbestosis-related cancers.

Pleural effusion is when fluid builds up on the outside of the lungs. Asbestosis has been shown to sometimes cause pleural effusion. Excessive fluid buildup is highly dangerous;15% of patients die within a month of their diagnosis. The lung inflammation common to asbestosis increases the chances of permanent lung problems.

Symptoms of pleural effusion include dry cough, trouble breathing, fever, chest pain, and chronic hiccups. Diagnosis requires a medical assessment which may involve an ultrasound, CT scan, or pleural biopsy.

Pleural plaques are tumor-like tissue growths that form outside the lungs following asbestos exposure. More than half of asbestosis cases lead to pleural plaques, and an estimated 5% of the population will eventually develop a plaque in their life. Pleural plaques are non-cancerous and show no symptoms, so treatment is not necessary. If you’ve noticed a change in your health after being diagnosed with pleural plaques, call your doctor and considering contacting an asbestosis lawyer.

Asbestosis Cancer – Cancers Associated with Asbestosis

Cancers make up the more harmful complications of asbestosis. Patients with the disease should be prepared to deal with asbestos-related cancers such as malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the heart, abdomen, or lining of the lungs. Malignant mesothelioma spreads away from its place of origin. Malignant cancers are harder to treat, more painful, and can be fatal very quickly. People with malignant mesothelioma can expect to live for about a year after they are diagnosed. Asbestosis, in rare cases, can be compounded by malignant mesothelioma. It’s more often the case that a person develops mesothelioma or asbestosis, not both.

Similar to mesothelioma, lung cancer can arise in asbestosis patients following their diagnosis. Whereas mesothelioma can happen in several spots in the chest cavity, lung cancer is specifically in the lungs. Lung cancer caused by asbestos is characterized by chest pain and shortness of breath. Both of these symptoms are normal for sufferers of asbestosis, so it’s important for your doctor to conduct an adequate analysis of your condition.

Asbestosis damages the cells and genetic makeup of the lungs over time. Enough damage can cause the cells to become cancerous. Lung cancer is treated like most other cancers with chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation therapy.

Am I Eligible to File an Asbestosis Lawsuit?

You may be eligible for an asbestosis lawsuit and financial compensation. To find out if you can file an asbestosis lawsuit, try an Instant Case Evaluation or call an asbestosis lawyer. It’s recommended you take action quickly as to stay within the statute of limitations.

Asbestosis Lawsuit

Attorneys are currently representing victims of asbestos exposure. There are no downsides to calling an attorney. If you have a case, your asbestosis lawyer can gather evidence and build a case for you. A successful asbestosis lawsuit will land you a check for your losses.

Asbestosis Lawsuit Settlements

Thousands of asbestos cases are filed each year, awarding millions in damages to the victims. The settlement you will receive in an asbestos lawsuit is difficult to predict. Winnings vary from as little as $5,000 to more than $100,000. Your case could be worth even more than that, but you have to speak with a lawyer for a proper estimate of your damages.

 

Do I Qualify For an Asbestosis Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and were subsequently diagnosed with asbestosis, you may qualify to participate in an asbestosis lawsuit.

Contact an experienced asbestosis lawyer from TorHoerman Law to discuss your legal options, including filing an asbestosis lawsuit.

 

Filing an Asbestosis Lawsuit

Before filing an asbestosis lawsuit, it is important that you mitigate injuries by removing yourself from any environments where you face asbestos exposure, seeking medical treatment for your injuries, and following your doctors orders.

Then, you should familiarize yourself with the process of a civil lawsuit, so that you have an understanding of the timeline and order of events in your asbestosis lawsuit.

The first step to an asbestosis lawsuit is hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you as your asbestosis lawyer.

After you have found an asbestosis lawyer, you can begin the process of gathering and preserving evidence to support your asbestosis lawsuit injury claim. Some examples of evidence may include medical records, work history, tax history, expert statements, witness testimony and personal testimony.

This evidence will be used to prove the damages that you incurred as a result of your asbestosis injuries. In many asbestosis lawsuits, the injured party will demand both punitive damages and compensatory damages for the injuries that they incurred.

Your asbestosis lawyer will help you to determine liability – the party or parties at fault for your injuries.

Using the evidence and damages, your asbestosis lawyer will work to gain compensation from the liable party in the form of an asbestosis lawsuit settlement or verdict.

 

Hiring an Asbestosis Lawyer

One of the most crucial decisions in your asbestosis lawsuit will be choosing an asbestosis lawyer to represent you. You should seek out an asbestosis lawyer who is experienced and dedicated to gaining you as much compensation as possible through your asbestosis lawsuit.

At TorHoerman Law, we have a team of experienced asbestosis lawyers who have experience in toxic exposure lawsuitsmesothelioma lawsuits, and personal injury lawsuits.

Our firm works on a contingency fee basis for all asbestosis lawsuit clients, so we are as dedicated to getting a winning result as you are because we don’t get paid unless our clients do.

 

TorHoerman Law: Your Asbestosis Law Firm

TorHoerman Law offers free, no-obligation case consultations for all potential clients. Contact us today to talk to an asbestosis lawyer about your potential asbestosis lawsuit.

We also offer free, instant online case evaluations through our chatbot.

Contact us today to learn how TorHoerman Law can best serve you as your asbestosis law firm.

 

 

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