Nationwide Asbestosis Claims
Our Chicago Asbestos Lawyers Advocate for You
Asbestosis is a noncancerous lung condition caused by exposure to asbestos. It is a chronic condition that robs victims of their vitality and ability to perform the most basic human function: breathing.
Knowing your rights as a victim of asbestos exposure is critical. You have every right to speak with an asbestos attorney and gain compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and loss of life's enjoyment
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm offers help for asbestos injury victims, including those diagnosed with asbestosis. Our Chicago asbestos attorneys travel to represent clients throughout the U.S.-at no extra cost. We take a team approach, partnering with top litigation firms in the local area to craft the strongest, most compelling case for our clients and their families
With 10,000+ cases under our belts and 50 years of collective experience, we are the advocates you want behind your asbestosis claim. Call today to schedule a case evaluation.
What Is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis occurs when asbestos fibers lodge in the lungs, scarring the lung tissue and causing shortness of breath. Over time, the scar tissue causes the lungs to become stiff, cutting off the body's supply of oxygen. As the disease progresses, more lung tissue scars, stiffens, and restricts the lung's ability to expand and contract normally, leading to suffocation.
Asbestosis can be mild or severe. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Coughing, especially dry, persistent coughs
- Chest pain or tightness
- Loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue
- Finger or toe deformity (appearing wider and rounder than normal)
Some asbestosis victims do not show any symptoms until diagnosed. Symptoms often appear years, even decades, after exposure to asbestos. Smoking cigarettes causes asbestosis to progress more quickly and severely.
Who Is Susceptible to Asbestosis?
Asbestosis typically affects those who work in high-risk occupations such as mine work, construction and working with structures built before the 1970s. People who suffer from asbestosis are also at an increased risk for other related diseases, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Smoking further damages the lungs and causes more mucus to produce, blocking air passages and hindering the body's ability to rid itself of toxic asbestos fibers. The "synergistic" effect of cigarette smoke and asbestos damage leads to a greater risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma among exposed individuals.
When you speak with your doctor, be sure to let him or her know about your history of asbestos exposure or possible exposure.
Asbestosis Treatment Options
There is no cure for asbestosis, but the symptoms can be managed with proper treatment. Treatment options include using tubes to open airways, supplemental oxygen, and breathing therapies to assist oxygen intake. In extreme cases, doctors may also surgically remove the part of the lung that is not functioning properly.
Seek Help from Our Chicago Asbestos Attorneys – Serving Clients in All 50 States
Anyone involved in the mining, milling, manufacturing, installation, or repair or asbestos-containing products before the late 1970s was likely exposed to asbestos. Symptoms of asbestosis can take many years to develop and can mimic other conditions, causing further delay in diagnosis.
You do not have to know when or why you were exposed to asbestos - it is our job to investigate to pinpoint exactly when, where, and how you were exposed, to hold negligent companies responsible.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in your job, speak with a doctor about your risk for asbestosis. If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, it is important that you seek legal counsel. You may be able to take legal action.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is located in Chicago, Illinois, but our seasoned attorneys serve clients nationwide. Our 24-hour call-in line is available to help you get started with your asbestosis exposure case. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today.