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We have over 40 years of experience in providing workers’ compensation for asbestos exposure across southern California. Our asbestos attorneys specialize in lung disease, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other work-related injuries helping the clients get the compensation they need.
Asbestosis - ARE YOU AT RISK?
Asbestos is a dangerous substance, for which there is no "safe" level of exposure in the work environment. Individuals who have had significant occupational exposure to asbestos are at risk of developing a variety of diseases caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers.
How long after exposure to asbestos do symptoms appear?
Adverse symptoms due to asbestos exposure appear as early as 15 years after exposure. The time between exposure and symptoms is often 20 to 30 years.
What are the signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure?
Common symptoms of asbestos exposure are:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Crackling sound in the lungs
- Weight loss
Is there a cure for asbestos exposure?
Asbestos fibers cause accumulating damage, asbestos pleural disease, and asbestosis. Although they can be treated, they can't be cured. The physician generally attempts to ease the symptoms of the patient and prevent further medical complications from developing.
How do I check to see if I have been exposed to asbestos?
Once you go to a doctor, the first tool that the doctor will use during the diagnostic process is a stethoscope, and then listen to your lungs. Scarring due to inhalation of asbestos fibers causes the lungs to make a dry, crackling sound when you are breathing.
The doctor will also perform a pulmonary function test to be able to determine your lungs' functionality. You will have to blow into an instrument called a spirometer. The spirometer measures how much air the lungs can hold and how well the air flows in and out.
However, not every patient with asbestosis has abnormal pulmonary function test results, but a vital sign of the disease is evidence of restrictive lung disease, due to which there is a reduction in forced vital capacity or the optimum level of air a patient can force from their lungs after a full inhalation.
What are the diseases associated with asbestos?
There are four specific diseases which are directly linked to the use of asbestos products.
Mesothelioma- A rare cancer of the thin membrane lining of the thoracic and abdominal cavities. Symptoms are shortness of breath, pain in the lower back or side of the chest, coughing, and weight loss.
Lung Cancer- The most common type of cancer found in workers who have had exposure to asbestos products.
Pleural Plaque/Thickening- Involves scarring of the lining of the lung. Plaque or thickening is not cancerous, but does impair the function of lung and restricts breathing capacity.
Asbestosis- Chronic, non-cancerous fibrous hardening, and scarring of the lungs. This scarring can cause lung impairment.
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