Asbestosis is a serious progressive pulmonary disease caused by repeated asbestos exposure. Thousands of people are affected by asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases, which cause irreversible lung damage. Between 1999 and 2013, an estimated 20,317 people died from asbestosis, according to The Environmental Working Group’s Asbestos Nation.
What Causes Asbestosis?
With repeated asbestos exposure, small white asbestos fibers are inhaled and embedded into the lungs. Because the body cannot expel the asbestos fibers, they remain in the lining of the lungs, causing progressive inflammation and irritation.
Eventually, inflexible scar tissue begins to form on the lungs. This prevents normal lung function, and begins the onset of asbestosis.
Symptoms of Asbestosis
The first indication that asbestosis is developing is difficulty breathing. You will want to seek immediate medical attention if you have had asbestos exposure and suspect asbestosis.
Other asbestosis symptoms include:
- Pain while breathing
- Decreased ability to do physical labor
Asbestosis can lead to other serious health complications such as mesothelioma, heart disease, high blood pressure, and fluid buildup in the lungs. If you have developed illnesses because of asbestos exposure, effective treatments and therapies are available to ease your symptoms.
Because of the serious nature of asbestosis and the mounting medical bills you will accrue, you will want an experienced asbestos lawyer on your side to help you with your asbestosis claim.
Contacting a New York Asbestos Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with, or died from, asbestosis, you could have grounds for a legal claim. You may receive compensation for your medical bills, reduced earning capacity/lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Consulting with an asbestos lawyer who knows the ins and outs of asbestos cases can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing an asbestosis claim is right for you. At Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. we have formed a dedicated network of personal injury lawyers that serve clients nationwide. For experienced help with your asbestosis claim, contact us today – 888-LAW-8500.