Inhaling asbestos fibres leads to asbestosis. The fibres become lodged in the lungs and can cause scar tissue (fibrosis) to form inside the lungs. Scarred lung tissue does not expand and contract in the normal way, preventing normal gas exchange. The seriousness of the disease depends on the length of exposure and the amount of asbestos that was inhaled.
The excess fibre in the lungs leads to a reduction in lung function and this will manifest primarily as shortness of breath, but a sufferer may also experience a symptomatic cough and / or a feeling of chest constriction.
Symptoms of asbestosis are as follows:
If you have been in contact with asbestos in the past and have contracted asbestosis then you may be able to make a claim. If your employer is found to be responsible then you can claim compensation for the injury and its long term effects. At YouClaim, we are experts in industrial related disease cases and guarantee that we will do our very best to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Asbestosis is normally diagnosed during a physical examination involving an x-ray and a breathing test. Whilst asbestosis is normally more serious than pleural disease it is not a straightforward illness. The diagnosis may range from ‘mild’ to ‘severe’ asbestosis. The former causes very little physical discomfort whereas the latter is disabling and eventually fatal.
There are certain things that can be done to treat asbestosis although it cannot be cured. Things that can help make this industrial illness more comfortable include:
At YouClaim our expert industrial disease solicitors are experienced in asbestos injury and have an excellent track record in receiving compensation for those suffering from asbestosis. We understand that people affected by asbestos face huge emotional, physical and financial strain and need to be treated with compassion and given knowledgeable advice.
Our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, which means making a claim with us is totally risk-free. Call us today on 0800 757 10 95 for free legal advice regarding an asbestosis claim or fill in our online enquiry form and we will call you back.
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