Although pleural effusion can be encountered in various conditions, including, but not limited to, tuberculosis, arthritis, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and pulmonary embolism, asbestos exposure is very likely to result in an unusual amount of fluid build-up in the space between the layers of your pleura as well.
Asbestos exposure usually occurs when asbestos products are drilled, sanded, cut, or in any way disturbed during repairs and consolidation work. This causes asbestos crystals to disintegrate into tiny shards that can remain airborne for quite some time if disturbed. Once inhaled, these fibers become trapped in the respiratory tract for an unlimited period of time since the human body is not designed to eliminate them naturally. Asbestos fibers often get lodged in the thin lining of the chest cavity - pleura, causing reduced respiratory function.
Numerous studies have found that some patients with asbestos-related pleural diseases, such as pleural effusion, exhibit more than a million asbestos fibers per gram in their lung tissue, so the scarring of the lungs caused by inhaling asbestos fibers is readily apparent under a microscope. It is important to mention that the effects of asbestos exposure do not become evident for 20 to 50 years after initial exposure, so being regularly evaluated by a specialist is vital if you have a history of exposure.
Have you recently been diagnosed with pleural effusion and have a history of occupational exposure to asbestos? If so, we advise you to seek legal assistance at your earliest convenience, as you may be eligible for compensation from the liable companies, and the VA if you are a veteran.
One way to obtain compensation is to file a claim with an asbestos trust fund. Asbestos trust funds were created by asbestos companies that filed for bankruptcy and set aside money to pay current and future claims. The filing process can be complex and time-consuming; this is why we recommend having legal representation.
Each asbestos trust fund has its own eligibility requirements that you must meet to file a claim. Individuals that may be able to submit a claim with one or more of the established asbestos trust funds include:
The symptoms of pleural effusion are not always apparent, and when they first appear, they are considered a normal part of aging. For example, incapacitating shortness of breath is a prevalent common symptom among the elderly. But its causes are many and also include prolonged exposure to asbestos in occupational settings. Asbestos exposure can cause acute, subacute, or chronic exudative pleural effusion, which is a contributory factor in breathing problems and tiredness during exercise. In order to avoid a misdiagnosis, those with known asbestos exposure should get a second opinion preferably from a doctor who specialize in asbestos-related diseases.
We strongly recommend you seek medical assistance as soon as you start noticing any worrying symptoms, because pleural effusion may also be a sign of pleural mesothelioma.
The amount of compensation you will receive will differ depending on your diagnosis, for example, the amount of money can vary depending on whether you have been diagnosed with pleural effusion or mesothelioma. Due to the aggressive nature of mesothelioma, compensation can be considerably higher.
If you have a pleural effusion diagnosis and X-rays showed the presence of asbestos fibers in your lungs, we're here to help you with a claim for compensation. We have been advocating for asbestos victims and their families for more than three decades, recovering the maximum compensation possible on their behalf. Please contact Atraxia Law today, as there is no risk and obligation in calling us to discuss your legal options.
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