Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a chronic lung condition that gets worse over time. The leading cause of COPD is cigarette smoke from either direct smoking or inhaling secondhand smoke, but exposure in the workplace to cancer-causing agents, such as asbestos, has also been associated with an increased risk of developing this obstructive lung disease.
Since asbestos naturally resists heat, fire, sound, water, chemicals, and biological break-down, it was processed and developed into industrial materials. Many companies involved in manufacturing relied heavily on the mineral of a thousand possibilities because of its properties and its industrial applications. However, no other branch of the industry could count as many asbestos victims as the shipbuilding industry.
After inhalation, the asbestos fibers which attached themselves to lung tissue start producing persistent inflammation and scarring, which will ultimately cause severe lung damage. It is important to note that suffering from COPD makes you more susceptible to developing lung cancer and mesothelioma in the future.
Typically, asbestos-related disorders manifest many years following the exposure, whether the person received direct exposure, usually through the workplace or secondary exposure. As an example of secondary asbestos exposure, many of the wives of men who worked in an environment with asbestos later developed asbestos-related diseases.
If you struggle with COPD and held down a job that involved handling or being surrounded by asbestos during the last century, you are eligible for significant financial compensation from:
Most people who are diagnosed with an asbestos-related lung condition may develop COPD as a complication, which is why we strongly recommend you seek a second opinion from a specialist in asbestos-related diseases. This will help you avoid delaying treatment for a more serious condition but also receive the compensation you’re entitled to.
One of the reasons asbestos-related pulmonary conditions often go misdiagnosed is that their symptoms can be similar to symptoms of other lung diseases, which can lead to a significant amount of patients being initially misdiagnosed with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis, or pneumonia, among other diseases.
If you have a history of prolonged exposure to asbestos, in either industrial or military settings, and you have been diagnosed with COPD, it is important that your doctor monitors your condition with regular pulmonary function tests and chest radiographs.
Before seeking legal assistance to recover compensation, you must have a diagnosis that is related to asbestos exposure. If, in addition to COPD, a chest X-ray shows scarring of the lungs due to asbestos fibers, you are eligible for financial compensation from the liable companies and the VA if you are a veteran.
If you have been a victim of past asbestos exposure, it's imperative to understand that time is of the essence if you plan to file a claim; hence, we would recommend contacting us for legal advice as soon as possible due to the strict time limits that can apply.
At Atraxia Law, our legal experts have decades of experience guiding our clients and their families through their challenging times by leading with compassion, understanding, and the expertise needed to secure the highest compensation.
If you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and held down a job that involved handling asbestos-containing products, we can help you make a claim for compensation.
Using the experience gathered over the past three decades, our team of experts will proceed with the legal steps immediately after your first call by:
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