As a chronic lung disease that is the consequence of the inhalation of asbestos fibers, asbestosis is responsible for the death of nearly 40,000 people in the United States every year. It is important to know that it usually takes 10 to 40 years for asbestosis to develop, as the asbestos fibers that attach themselves to the lungs gradually cause damage to the tissue of the organs. As a result of the severe inflammation and scarring that occurs in the lungs following asbestos exposure, asbestosis develops, and the person will experience distressing symptoms such as shortness of breath on a daily basis.
The people who have the highest risk of coming to struggle with asbestosis are former industrial workers and veterans, since asbestos was present in tremendous amounts in these settings during the last century.
If you have a diagnosis of asbestosis, it is important to know that you may be eligible for compensation from the liable companies, as well as from the VA, if you are a veteran. To make the process easier for you, the team of Atraxia Law is here to thoroughly evaluate your case and subsequently tell you with certainty whether you are eligible for filing a claim. In the fortunate case that you qualify for compensation, we will promptly guide you to a lawyer whose primary area of practice is toxic exposure so that you can obtain the money you deserve for your suffering.
The first aspect you need to be aware of if you have a diagnosis of asbestosis and intend to seek financial compensation is that you must have proof of the presence of asbestos fibers in your lungs. Your doctor can easily provide you with evidence of this by ordering a chest X-ray. For this reason, if you have a diagnosis of asbestosis, you must seek a second and even a third opinion from different medical specialists, as you may have been misdiagnosed. Numerous people whose health was affected by asbestos exposure initially receive a wrong diagnosis.
It is important to know that asbestosis is not a diagnosis that grants you immediate eligibility for filing a claim. In addition to a correct diagnosis, these are the other eligibility criteria you must meet in order to qualify for filing a claim:
Filing your asbestos claim within the statute of limitations is crucial, as failing to do so will result in you no longer being eligible for compensation. In the majority of states, the statute of limitations for asbestos cases is 3 years from the moment of diagnosis. Nevertheless, some states have a shorter statute of limitations, which is why we strongly advise you to contact our team of professionals as soon as you receive your diagnosis.
If we find out that you qualify for filing a claim, we will subsequently guide you to a specialized attorney so that you can recover the money you deserve for your suffering. Because we are aware that people who struggle with asbestosis are often in a lot of pain, a family member can help you navigate the process. Nonetheless, we have always been striving to make the process of claim evaluation as easy as possible for the people who request our services.
The team of experts at Atraxia Law has over 35 years of experience in evaluating personal injury and product liability claims, including those pertaining to asbestos exposure. We are here to make seeking financial compensation easier for victims of asbestos exposure by carefully assessing their situation so that they eventually know with certainty whether they qualify for filing a claim. If you have asbestosis, the only documents you will need to provide our professionals with are your employment or military records and your medical records.
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