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Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by asbestos exposure, or more specifically by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, which penetrate deeply into the lungs and prompt the body’s immune system to try and envelop and digest the fibers.
Asbestosis is most common in people who have held occupations with high asbestos exposure risk and creates scar tissue in the lungs that decreases their capacity to bring oxygen in and move carbon dioxide out, resulting in shortness of breath and increased fatigue following physical exertion. If you suffer from asbestosis, mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, a New York asbestos exposure attorney can help. Reach out to the team at The Williams Law Firm, P.C.
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SYMPTOMS OF ASBESTOSIS
Similar to mesothelioma, asbestosis may not begin to show symptoms for decades after the initial asbestos exposure. If you have worked with or around asbestos and are experiencing any of the symptoms of asbestosis it is important that you contact your doctor as soon as possible.
In addition to fatigue and breathing difficulty, asbestosis may result in symptoms including:
- CHEST PAIN
- COUGHING, POSSIBLY WITH BLOOD
- SWELLING IN THE NECK AND FACE
- DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING
- LOSS OF APPETITE
- UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS
There is no cure for asbestosis, but treatment options can be used to reduce discomfort and improve your quality of life. Initial treatment may include oxygen therapy, chest percussion or postural drainage to relieve pressure and improve breathing.
In some instances, surgical methods may be used to treat asbestosis. These may include thoracentesis as a palliative treatment to withdraw fluid from around the lungs or, in severe cases, a lung transplant. More commonly, however, medications are used to relieve symptoms and reduce pain. These may include analgesics in addition to bronchial inhalers and antibiotics. The specific combination best for you will be determined by your physician.
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You may have an opportunity to recover damages from the people responsible for your asbestosis. The New York asbestos exposure attorney at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. has helped families from Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and across the country recover the financial compensation they need to cope with the effects of asbestos-related diseases.
Our firm has achieved multi-million dollar settlements and trial verdicts. Contact us to discuss the details of your case.