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You Shouldn’t Have to Bear This Burden Alone
An asbestosis diagnosis often leaves people feeling cheated out of the future they saw for themselves.
A chronic lung disease caused by inhalation of asbestos, asbestosis can lead to serious breathing problems that require significant lifestyle changes.
Some patients may need to use oxygen and participate in pulmonary rehabilitation. Others may require hospitalization in order to breathe, or they may be told a lung transplant is their best option.
But there is hope. The nationally recognized asbestos lawyers at Belluck & Fox have secured more than $1 billion in compensation for asbestos victims and their families.
For more than 20 years, we have focused on holding asbestos companies accountable for the harm they’ve caused, while making sure patients get the help they need.
Schedule a free review of your case now, and one of the partners in our firm will personally call you within 24 hours to discuss your compensation options.
Compensation for Asbestosis
An important step in building your asbestosis claim is learning about your work history or your time in the service.
This will help us determine when and where you were exposed to asbestos, as well as which companies may be held responsible.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may pursue:
|Payment for your medical expenses, as well as compensation for treatments and medications you may need in the future|
|Compensation for lost wages and diminished earning capacity for the future|
|Awards for pain and suffering|
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis, schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable mesothelioma attorneys to learn more about your options for pursuing the compensation you need.
Asbestosis Vs. Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma and asbestosis are two of the diseases commonly associated with exposure to asbestos. They may have similar symptoms at first, but they also have stark differences:
- Mesothelioma is an asbestos cancer that develops in the mesothelium tissue lining, which coats the chest cavity, lungs, abdominal cavity and abdominal organs, heart, and testicles. The cancer is caused by microscopic asbestos fibers that are inhaled and stick in the mesothelium tissue.
- Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease that occurs when asbestos fibers are inhaled and lodge in the alveoli, which are small sacs in a person’s lungs. Asbestosis is not a cancer. However, an asbestosis diagnosis can increase a person’s risk for developing asbestos lung cancer.
Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos must be vigilant about their lung health. That’s because many asbestos-related diseases do not develop until 15 to 60 years after you were initially exposed.
It’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the following asbestosis symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Chest pain
- A persistent, dry cough
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Clubbing of the fingers and toes (where the tips look wider and rounder than usual)
Symptoms of asbestosis may appear mild at first, but they can progress and become much more severe. The sooner you start managing your symptoms, the better.
When you schedule a visit with your doctor to discuss your symptoms, the doctor will want to talk about your history of asbestos exposure.
The American Lung Association suggests that you gather some basic information to have on hand at your appointment:
- A list of your symptoms (and when they began)
- Any previous treatments you have received for the symptoms
- Your work history (including service history)
- The type of products you handled at work
- Whether you used protective equipment
- Your smoking history
- Medical records such as chest X-rays or CT scans that you had done before
In order to diagnose asbestosis, your physician may require a chest X-ray, CT scan, or a lung function test.
Asbestosis Treatment Options
Unfortunately, the damage done by asbestos to a person’s lungs cannot be reversed, but there are several asbestosis treatment options and precautions you can take to protect your health. The American Lung Association indicates that:
- If you smoke, you should quit immediately. You may want to ask your doctor about prescription medications that could help you quit.
- Get your flu shot and pneumonia vaccine.
- You may need an oxygen tube or mask to help you breathe.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation exercises may help you improve your breathing.
- In advanced cases, you may need a lung transplant.
- In extreme cases, you may need to be hospitalized for help with your breathing.
Overall, the goal of asbestosis treatment is to make breathing as easy as possible for you and to keep your lungs as healthy as possible.
When medical bills are mounting up, though, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you will afford to pay for the harm asbestos companies have caused you. Let Belluck & Fox fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our Asbestosis Lawyer Are Here to Help You and Your Family
At Belluck & Fox, we have spent our careers fighting to hold asbestos companies accountable for failing to warn people about the dangers of their products.
Over the years, we have helped many patients who are suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and asbestos lung cancer.
Our firm strives to be sensitive to patients’ needs and to make the asbestos claims process as easy as possible on your end. You can count on our dedicated team to:
- Travel anywhere in the United States to meet at your convenience
- Help you find doctors and caregivers who are knowledgeable about asbestos-related diseases
- Build a strong case for compensation without putting additional pressure on you and your family during this stressful time
Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation.
Our nationallyrecognized asbestos lawyers at Belluck & Fox, LLP are ready to get started on your case immediately. Visit our attorneys in thecity of New York and Woodstock.
- American Lung Association
- Mayo Clinic