Because they have a long latency period, diseases that occur as a consequence of asbestos exposure usually take between 20 and 50 years to develop.
Once you inhale or ingest asbestos fibers from the air, they will easily travel through your bloodstream and lymphatic system to various organs and tissues, where they will gradually cause severe inflammation and scarring. These, in turn, may give way to the development of malignant disease.
However, the latency period for diseases caused by asbestos exposure may be shorter or longer depending on the disease in question. Accordingly, these are the latency periods for the most common diseases stemming from asbestos exposure:
If you have a history of occupational or military asbestos exposure, we strongly advise you to keep a close eye on your health, as you are at high risk of developing a related disease. Experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or persistent cough should make you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Nevertheless, because misdiagnosis is unfortunately very common among victims of asbestos exposure, it is better to visit multiple medical specialists in order to make sure you have the correct diagnosis.
Our expert team has over 35 years of experience in evaluating personal injury and product liability claims and is ready to help you determine whether you are eligible for compensation if you struggle with a disease caused by asbestos exposure. The only documents we will need from you are your employment or military records and your medical records, which we will thoroughly examine.
Eventually, you will know with certainty if you qualify for seeking financial compensation for your diagnosis. If you do, we will promptly guide you to a lawyer whose primary area of practice is toxic exposure so that you can proceed with the legal process. Last but not least, you should keep in mind that asbestos claims have a statute of limitations of 3 years from the moment of diagnosis in most states, which is why you need to take action as soon as you find out about your disease.