If you spent several years working in an industry in which you were exposed to high concentrations of asbestos on a regular basis, you may already be aware of the possibility of receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma, which is a fatal cancer attributed to this naturally occurring, but toxic, mineral.
However, mesothelioma is not the only disease attributable to asbestos exposure. Another incurable condition your doctor may diagnose you with is asbestosis. Like other chronic health conditions, this one can also rob you of the ability to enjoy certain activities, to work or even to keep up with daily activities. It could greatly diminish your quality of life. Even your family could suffer the adverse effects of your condition since you may not be able to do certain things with your family.
What is asbestosis?
When you inhaled asbestos fibers or dust from the air on the job, your body may not have been able to expel them. Over time, they scarred and damaged your lungs. Like mesothelioma, asbestosis is a patient condition that takes its time to develop. You may not even notice the symptoms for at least a couple of decades. By the time you permanently have trouble breathing, it may be too late.
Even though your exposure to asbestos may have stopped years ago, the condition can continue to develop. The further along the condition progresses, the more likely can be that you will need help breathing by using supplemental oxygen. In some cases, the heart and lungs fail. This condition may also cause death. Also, you could be at increased risk for other serious health conditions, including lung cancer.
Is there anything you can do?
You need to know that you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your condition. It generally doesn't matter that decades have passed since your exposure stopped. That isn't the problem. The challenging part of pursuing compensation is often pinpointing the parties responsible for your current health concerns.
Fortunately, attorneys here in Louisiana who routinely help people in your situation may be able to help you, too. Such attorneys may be able to assist with locating those responsible and pursuing damages on your behalf. You should have the freedom to deal with your condition and live your life as best as you can without worrying about the financial impact asbestosis brings into your life. There is no need to attempt to go through this alone.