Round atelectasis, also known as folded lung, or Blesovsky syndrome, is a form of pulmonary collapse associated with pleural thickening that has been described mostly in asbestos-exposed workers. If you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, in either industrial or military settings, you are right to be concerned about your health. Be vigilant about identifying symptoms of an asbestos-related illness, and seek help as a matter of urgency.
It can take 20-50 years for asbestos-related diseases to develop, that’s why it’s so important to keep vigilant with your health, identify potential symptoms early, and talk to your doctor immediately about your history with asbestos. Round, spindle-, or wedge-shaped opacities with hazy, irregular borders are apparent on chest X-rays generally at least 10 years after the first exposure to asbestos. Veterans, factory workers, construction workers, electricians, insulators, railroad workers, shipyard workers, and other industrial workers typically have faced the greatest exposure and thus should take serious precautions.
Rounded atelectasis may coexist with lung cancer, which is why we strongly recommend you seek a second opinion, especially if you have a history of occupational exposure to asbestos. In addition to jeopardizing your treatment and prognosis, a potential misdiagnosis of an asbestos-related disease can also affect the claim's value. If in addition to rounded atelectasis, asbestos fibers also show up on your X-ray, you may qualify for compensation from asbestos bankruptcy trust funds, the companies that exposed you to asbestos but have no asbestos trust fund, and the VA, if you are a veteran.
Evidence has shown that despite all the information about the dangers of asbestos exposure available in the scientific and medical literature, manufacturers ignored doctor’s medical reports about the health effects caused by inhaling asbestos fibers and did not take the necessary steps to protect their workers.
Over the course of our legal career, we have seen many families lose their right to file a claim because the statute of limitations had expired while they were grieving. For those with a viable claim, there may be substantial compensation available if they act quickly to contact a legal professional who is proficient in asbestos law.
Asbestos-related claims need to commence within a certain period limit after the disease was first diagnosed. Generally, timelines for filing an asbestos claim are around 1-3 years, but some state timelines are longer.
Factors such as the duration of asbestos exposure, when you have first obvious symptoms, what states you have worked in, and why and when you stopped working, can all play into your right to file a claim for compensation, which our team consisting of highly qualified, experienced and knowledgeable legal professionals can help you recover. If you have questions regarding the statute of limitations and how it applies in your potential case, contact Atraxia Law today.
Those who have been diagnosed with rounded atelectasis should examine their work history to determine whether their diagnosis could have been caused by asbestos exposure. If you have developed rounded atelectasis as a result of exposure to asbestos at work, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
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Family members of veterans or former industrial workers have an increased risk of experiencing harmful effects through what is known as secondary exposure. The tiny asbestos fibers became embedded in the workers' clothing, and when the wives did the laundry, they themselves were unwittingly inhaling asbestos fibers. We can also claim and successfully recover the compensation on behalf of family members who underwent secondary asbestos exposure for the pain and suffering that they have endured.
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