What is asbestosis?

On Behalf of | Jul 13, 2020 | asbestos

Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can seriously harm the tissues of the body. In some victims, asbestos can cause cancer and subject individuals to pain and significant suffering. Louisiana residents who are exposed to asbestos may also develop another serious condition, which is asbestosis.

Asbestosis is a disease of the lungs that can result from breathing in asbestos particles. Individuals who work mining, refineries, and other heavy manufacturing facilities may be exposed to airborne asbestos particles as a part of their work. The disease is severe as it can cause the body to suffer lung damage and the victim to struggle to process oxygen. Asbestosis can cause the tissues of the lungs to harden which can lead to difficult breathing for victims.

Victims of asbestosis may eventually develop lung cancer from their asbestos exposures. Those who live with asbestosis may require breathing treatments, medications, and even surgeries in order to survive. Living with asbestosis can be costly and can significantly impact the quality of life of victims.

A diagnosis of asbestosis can be difficult for both a victim and their family. While treatments for asbestosis may improve victims’ health, the damage to their bodies generally cannot be undone and victims may suffer lost income, extensive medical bills, and diminished joy in living.

This post offers no legal or medical advice and victims of asbestosis are encouraged to work with their doctors to investigate treatments and therapies to combat their asbestosis-related suffering. For some, getting by without financial help may be impossible, and some victims of asbestosis can seek compensation from the employers and other parties whose negligence resulted in their asbestos exposures. Help from knowledgeable asbestos litigation attorneys can help such individuals begin understanding their rights.