Patients with asbestosis may be unable to work because of their disease and its related complications. Patients who find themselves unable to work because of their asbestosis may qualify for long term disability (LTD) benefits. The insurance company will review their claim to see if they qualify under the conditions of that plan.
What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by excessive breathing in of fibers found in asbestos. These fibers can produce scar tissue in the lungs, which can create difficulty in allowing the lungs to expand and contract in a normal way. The amount of asbestos breathed in and how long the person was exposed to it may depend on how severe the condition will be. In many cases, people with asbestosis won’t show symptoms for up to 20 years after their asbestos exposure.
Those who worked in asbestos mines and mills were most likely to get this condition, as well as those who worked in construction, fireproofing and other industries of the sort. Families of the asbestos workers were also at risk of exposure. This disease is less common now than it was prior to the 70s, due to government regulations about asbestos use.
Common symptoms include chest pain, a feeling of tightness in the chest, abnormal coughing, and difficulty breathing. Those with asbestosis are also at a higher risk than others for contracting more severe illnesses like lung cancer and mesothelioma, a form of cancer affecting the wall of the lining that surrounds internal organs of the body. The most damaging effect is the closing of ventilatory systems, which often leads to respiratory failure and even heart failure.
There is no cure for asbestosis and drainage of lung fluids is usually used to ease pain experienced from the illness. At the very least, exposure to asbestos must be stopped to help prevent a worsening condition. If you have asbestosis and it is keeping you from work, you may wish to file for long term disability benefits.
Working with an experienced disability attorney will give you the best chance of getting the benefits you deserve for your asbestosis. Even if you have been denied benefits, that does not mean your fight is over. Many people are denied benefits the first time they apply. You have the right to file an appeal and try to get more information that may help your case. Getting expert help is often the difference between being denied and being approved for benefits.
While the process can be daunting, your experienced disability attorney will be able to guide you through the process. They do not get paid until you win your case. You can seek help without worrying about upfront costs or unexpected bills.
The Ortiz Law Firm has successfully represented people in disability cases across the United States. If you would like to talk to an experienced disability lawyer about your asbestosis and its impact on your ability to work, call us at (888) 321-8131. We would be happy to evaluate your case and to discuss how to help you through the appeal process.