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Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for Asbestosis

Can I file a personal injury claim for asbestosis? This is a question you may have if you developed asbestosis as a result of being exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos is a natural mineral product. The fact that asbestos displays great resistance to heat and corrosion made it extremely valuable in the field of manufacturing. As a result, asbestos was widely used in products like insulation, cement, vinyl floor tiles and fire-retardant materials.

However, in the middle of the 1970s, the United States government began to regulate the use of asbestos and asbestos products. Ever since then, the handling of asbestos has been strictly regulated.

Exposure


Before the beginning of government regulation, many people had long-term, heavy exposure to asbestos in their work. As a result, many became afflicted with a breathing disorder known as asbestosis.

Asbestosis is also referred to in other ways. It is also called interstitial pneumonitis - from asbestos exposure and pulmonary fibrosis – from asbestos exposure.

Asbestosis is considered to be an occupational lung disease. It is a disorder that affects the parenchymal tissue of your lungs and is marked by shortness of breath and scarring of your lung tissue.

There are other signs and symptoms of asbestosis that may range anywhere from mild to severe. Some of these include:

Coughing
Clubbing of your fingers
Decrease in your tolerance of doing physical activity
Chest pain
Nail abnormalities
Tightness in your chest
Shortness of breath with exertion, but later even while you are resting.

Most of the signs and symptoms that are brought about by asbestosis are similar to those of other breathing disorders, such as asthma. However, the way that the signs and symptoms of asbestosis develop is quite different. The signs and symptoms of asbestosis develop over a period of months and years.

There can also be serious complications with asbestosis. Some of the things asbestosis can result in are:

Other lung damage
High blood pressure in your lungs (pulmonary hypertension)
Lung cancer
Other cancers
Heart problems.

Asbestosis is caused by heavy, long-term exposure to asbestos. With heavy, long-term exposure, some of the airborne fibers become lodged in your alveoli. These are the tiny sacs inside of your lungs where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide in your blood. The result is that your lung tissue becomes scarred, and it is hard to breathe.

Again, what you want to know is, “Can I file a personal injury claim for asbestosis?”
The simple answer is, “Yes.” You can.

With most personal injury claims, there is a deadline for filing that is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations usually ranges from around one to six years.

Decades to develop


However, a personal injury claim for asbestosis is very different. This is because the disease can take decades to develop after long-term, heavy exposure to asbestos. As a result, several states have legislation in place where the deadline for filing an asbestosis personal injury claim begins when the first signs and symptoms of the disorder show up, rather than the time when you were first exposed to asbestos.

The right thing to do is to have your case evaluated by a personal injury attorney at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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