Many of us are exposed to asbestos daily. Particularly in an area such as Philadelphia, it can be found in the supplies used to build older homes, in manufacturing facilities, and even in the automotive parts used in our vehicles. Even small amounts of asbestos can have a detrimental effect on your health, while more prolonged exposure to greater amounts can lead to asbestosis, a debilitating and potentially fatal lung disease.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis, Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. is here to help. Our experienced asbestos attorneys provide the professional legal representation victims and their families need, to assist them in getting the compensation they require to cover the medical expenses and lost wages associated with their disease.
What Is Asbestosis and How Is It Caused?
The American Lung Association advises that asbestosis is caused by repeated exposure to high concentrations of asbestos, a mineral that is commonly used in insulation materials. It is made up of bundles of fibers which can get in the air, where they can be breathed in or swallowed.
Inhaling large amounts of these fibers or asbestos dust over extended periods can result in asbestosis, a condition that results from scarring of the lung tissues. Asbestosis develops slowly, may not be detected until as far as 20 years after exposure, and has no known treatment.
Prevention is key for anyone who works with or around products containing asbestos. The National Cancer Institute advises that, as a known carcinogen, workers should use a breathing apparatus and protective covering and use care to wash thoroughly after exposure. Asbestos fibers can travel on hair, skin, and clothing, impacting a worker’s family members as well. In addition to workers involved in the manufacture of products containing asbestos, those at increased risk include:
- Construction and demolition workers;
- Shipyard workers and miners;
- Airplane and automotive mechanics;
- Electricians, welders, pipe fitters, and painters.
- Firefighters and rescue workers.
Symptoms of Asbestosis
Asbestosis is incurable, but there are treatments which can help to reduce or control symptoms of the disease. Healthline advises you to notify your doctor immediately if you have faced prolonged exposure to asbestosis, either now or in the past, and experience any of the following:
- Wheezing and shortness of breath;
- A persistent, dry cough;
- Chest pain;
- Decreased appetite and weight loss;
- Deformities in the fingertips or nails.
On x-rays, asbestosis appears as white or honeycombed spots on the lungs or chest, and pulmonary lung tests can check airway constriction. Asbestos fibers can be detected in the tissues through a biopsy of the affected area.
Contact Our Asbestosis Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis, contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. today. Our asbestos attorneys understand the impacts this disease can have on your physical health, and the financial security your family is likely dealing with. You can count on our award-winning legal team to advise you on the best course of actions to get compensation for the expenses and losses you have suffered, while ensuring you and your family’s rights are protected.