Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease from a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs due to inhaling asbestos fibers. Asbestosis can result in loss of lung function or worse.[1] Contact Counsel Hound today for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation if you or someone you loved has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis.

Causes of Asbestosis

The main cause of asbestosis is prolonged exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is the commercial name given to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals. For decades, asbestos has been used in commercial products such as insulation, fire safety products, home building products, etc. The minerals separate into microscopic-sized, easily inhaled particles when handled. The particles attached to the tissue lining the lungs, putting the exposed individual at risk for diseases such as asbestosis.[2] Most people were exposed to asbestos during occupational work, but the asbestos fibers may attach to the worker’s clothing and lead to secondary exposure of the worker’s family.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Asbestosis is considered a slow-paced respiratory disease. It has many similar symptoms to mesothelioma, but early symptoms of asbestosis appear to be signs of old age rather than respiratory disease.[3]

Early symptoms of asbestosis may include but are not limited to:

  • Chronic Tiredness
  • Unwarranted breathlessness
  • Hypertension

An asbestosis diagnosis requires extensive testing by a doctor. Tests may include x-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans, clinical evaluation, blood work, and physical exams. Once a patient is diagnosed with asbestosis, treatment requires a team of medical professionals to coordinate treatment plans. Doctors involved may include chemotherapy specialists, radiation therapists, surgeons, and nurses, to name a few. It is also important to seek out psychological support for the family during this difficult time as well. The diagnosis and subsequent treatment of asbestosis can be expensive, and Counsel Hound will work to include all medical expenses in your compensation.

Types of Claims

There are several options for filing an asbestos-related claim:

Personal Injury claims are filed by the patient. Compensation may cover medical expenses, lost income, and the cost of pain and suffering.

Wrongful Death lawsuits are filed by the estate and/or family members after a loved one dies from asbestosis complications. Compensation may cover medical expenses and funeral/burial costs in addition to other asbestos-related expenses.

Trust Fund claims utilize the asbestos trust funds that negligent bankrupt companies have created to compensate people harmed by asbestos exposure caused by the company.

VA claims can be filed by veterans exposed to asbestos while serving in the military in any capacity.

Class Action claims have lawyers representing an entire group of affected people rather than individual clients. Members of a class-action lawsuit typically have less control over their case. Compensation is divided among all claimants involved.

Compensation

Mesothelioma and asbestosis can leave you with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our Counsel Hound lawyers will work to maximize your settlement or award. Types of compensation you may be eligible for include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages:

  • If you incurred medical expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment of your disease, we would work to have you reimbursed.
  • If the disease forced you to miss work or suffer a wage decrease at a new position, we would prove your losses with timesheets.
  • If you lost a loved one to asbestosis, you might be eligible to file a wrongful death suit.

Non-Economic Damages:

Some damages cannot be proven with lost wages, property damages, etc., and you and your loved ones may face emotional suffering as a result of the disease. Our lawyers will work to include all available compensation in your case.

Why File a Lawsuit?

Filing an asbestosis claim can help:

  • Victims of asbestos exposure focus on health and treatment.
  • Families afford the cost of their loved one’s medical and funeral expenses.
  • Hold manufacturers and companies accountable for asbestos negligence.
  • Encourage other victims of asbestos exposure to seek fair compensation for their injuries.