One of the main causes of diffuse pleural thickening, a lung disease that entails the extensive scarring of the pleura, is asbestos exposure. People who handled asbestos in industrial settings or in the military during the last century have the highest risk of developing diffuse pleural thickening today.
It is noteworthy that this lung disease takes between 10 and 40 years to develop, as the asbestos fibers the person inhaled gradually cause inflammation and tissue scarring. The pleura is the thin layer of tissue that covers the inside of the ribcage, as well as the outside of the lungs. If you have this diagnosis and a history of asbestos exposure, you may be eligible for compensation.
Since diffuse pleural thickening can have multiple other causes than asbestos exposure, it is essential for you to have asbestos fibers in your lungs in order to become eligible for filing a claim. Your doctor can help you find out by ordering a chest X-ray. Since numerous victims of asbestos exposure are initially misdiagnosed, it is crucial to seek a second and even a third opinion from different medical specialists if you were told you have diffuse pleural thickening.
Once we are sure your disease is the consequence of occupational or military asbestos exposure, we can further look into your case. The next eligibility requirements you must meet to file a claim are the following:
The statute of limitations is a very important aspect you should pay attention to if you intend to seek financial compensation for diffuse pleural thickening caused by asbestos exposure. It ranges between 1 and 6 years, but the majority of states have a statute of limitations of 3 years from the moment of diagnosis.
For this reason, it is important to reach out to our team as soon as you receive your diagnosis, as, if the statute of limitations is exceeded, you will no longer be eligible for compensation. We will carefully evaluate your case and will subsequently let you know with certainty whether you are entitled to compensation. To navigate the process with more ease, a family member can help you, as we are aware that victims of asbestos exposure are usually elderly and in a lot of physical and emotional pain.
With over 35 years of experience in evaluating asbestos exposure claims, the team of professionals at Atraxia Law is here to make the process of filing a claim easier for you. After you provide us with your employment or military records, as well as with your medical records, we will carefully assess your situation to eventually let you know whether you qualify for filing a claim. If you are eligible, we will promptly guide you to a lawyer whose main area of practice is toxic exposure so that you can recover the money you deserve.
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