Asbestosis is the term used to describe scarring in the lungs. It is directly related to exposure to high levels of asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral comprised of toxic fibers. If the fibers are broken down and separated, they form a cloud of dust that is easily inhaled. Individuals who are exposed to asbestos fibers are at high risk of developing asbestosis.

Asbestosis Symptoms

Individuals who have worked with asbestos are at the highest risk of developing asbestosis. If you or someone you know worked with asbestos, or have been exposed to asbestos in any circumstance, you should see a physician immediately if you begin to experience the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Decrease in stamina

Coughing is not a common symptom of asbestosis, unless the patient has other respiratory problems. Symptoms of asbestosis can take five to ten years to develop, so even if you are not showing signs of asbestosis, it is a good idea to see a physician for a complete evaluation if you have been (or think you may have been) exposed to asbestos.

Compensation for Your Losses

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with asbestosis, you may be eligible to recover damages for your losses including:

  • Medical costs
  • Long term treatment programs
  • Lost wages, lost ability to work
  • Emotional pain and suffering

Asbestosis Picture

Below is an x-ray of a lung that has been affected by asbestosis. For more information, please contact mesothelioma centers today.

Asbestosis Xray Picture