Most people use the medical terms asbestosis and mesothelioma interchangeably because they both involve exposure to asbestos.
However, these two diseases are not the same. It is vital to understand their differences if you plan to seek compensation.
What is asbestosis?
It is a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers, which inflame and damage lung tissue. Asbestosis is not a cancer, but it may increase the risk of developing lung cancer or respiratory problems. There is no cure, but proper treatment can help with symptoms and quality of life.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, and it can affect the lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen or heart. Unfortunately, the average life expectancy after a diagnosis is just a few years. As is the case with asbestosis, treatment can prolong life and reduce the severity of symptoms.
What are your legal options?
Victims with either condition or their loved ones may be entitled to compensation from those responsible for harmful asbestos exposure. It’s wise to get legal guidance to explore your options, but here are three possibilities.
- File a product liability claim seeking coverage of medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
- File a claim to receive compensation from an asbestos trust fund.
- Your family or estate can pursue a wrongful death claim for damages if your illness takes you away from them.
Asbestos-related claims can be complex because you must link your illness to the company or individual that harmed you. That usually means backtracking through your work history since both conditions can take years or decades to show symptoms. Patience and experienced guidance can help you achieve your goals.