One aspect diseases caused by asbestos exposure and diseases caused by tobacco smoking have in common is that they usually affect the lungs. Therefore, you may wonder if you are eligible for filing a claim for asbestos exposure if you are or were a smoker.
Fortunately, the answer is yes, you can, as long as there is strong evidence that your lung disease is the consequence of asbestos exposure. The most certain way to determine whether your lung disease is the result of asbestos exposure is to have your lungs examined for the presence of asbestos fibers.
If asbestos fibers are found in your lungs by medical specialists using tools such as chest X-rays, you become eligible for filing a claim for asbestos exposure. There are only two diseases for which you do not need this evidence and these are mesothelioma and asbestosis, since their only known cause is asbestos exposure. The following are the diseases for which you will have to undergo asbestos screening so that we can be sure that your disease stems from asbestos exposure:
It is noteworthy that, when smoking is combined with asbestos exposure, it increases the chances of developing lung cancer by 50% to 80%. Nevertheless, when it comes to mesothelioma, tobacco smoking has not been found to be a risk factor. Regardless of whether you are or were a smoker, if you came to struggle with a disease as a consequence of occupational or military asbestos exposure, we strongly advise you to contact Atraxia Law, as you may be entitled to financial compensation from the liable companies.
With over 35 years of experience in evaluating personal injury and product liability claims, our team of professionals is here to help you determine whether you qualify for compensation if you were injured by asbestos exposure. The assistance we can provide you with will ease the next steps of the legal process to a great extent, which is very important, since the majority of victims of asbestos exposure are elderly and in a lot of pain.
Our team of experts will carefully assess your situation and eventually let you know if you can file a claim for asbestos exposure. If you are eligible, we will guide you to a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure so that you can benefit from the money you deserve.