Asbestos-Related Diseases

Mar 2, 2020 | Asbestos

Asbestos is known to be a harmful substance, and it can cause several very serious physical conditions that can affect the rest of a person’s life. Most of these conditions gradually worsen over time, but won’t show signs of their presence until years after a person was initially exposed. The development of an asbestos-related condition usually follows these steps:Inhalation of broken asbestos fibers.
Attachment of the fibers to a person’s lungs.
Gradual irritation of lungs and development of scar tissue.
Deepening of scar tissue into cancerous tumor.
Spread of cancer or other harmful conditions.
Common Asbestos-Related Diseases
In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos can lead to a number of different dangerous conditions, the most common of which include:

Lung Scarring. The lungs are delicate organs that can be easily distressed by foreign objects or illnesses. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, these sharp pieces of mineral may lodge in the lining of the lungs and irritate them to the point that small scars develop. Although these tiny scars are not necessarily dangerous on their own, they can be dangerous when they begin to build up and harden the lungs. Signs of lung scarring may include: 

  • Inability to take a deep breath
  • Persistent coughing
  • Blood in the spit
  • Tightness of the chest

Lung Cancer. Lung cancer is an extremely aggressive form of cancer that can be difficult to identify until it has progressed considerably. For this reason, among many others, lung cancer leads to more deaths than colon, prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers combined. There are many factors that can contribute to an individual’s risk of developing lung cancer, although one of the most devastating causes is exposure to asbestos. Lung cancer symptoms can be difficult to identify because as an individual ailment, they are not necessarily a cause for concern. Symptoms may include: 

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Loss of appetite

Asbestosis. When a person works closely with asbestos, they may inhale loose fibers which can travel through the body to the lining of the lungs. When these tiny, sharp pieces of asbestos lodge themselves in the body scar tissue begins to build up around the irritation. This can lead to serious problems for the victim including the development of asbestosis, a severe breathing disorder. Symptoms frequently include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Club fingers

Each one of these conditions is serious and can have drastic effects on its victim, and all of the conditions can be challenging to live with. They often involve extensive and somewhat invasive treatments, which can be both painful and expensive. For this reason, it is important to receive help, both physically and financially, if you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition.

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Depending on the circumstances of exposure, a person suffering from an asbestos-related condition might be entitled to financial compensation to help cover the costs resulting from his or her condition.

If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos through no fault of their own, contact the experienced asbestos attorneys of Williams Hart today to discuss how we can help.

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