Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by excessive breathing in of fibers found in asbestos. These fibers can producer 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 determines 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 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 Social Security disability benefits. You will need an experienced disability lawyer like Nick Ortiz to help you with your claim. Call his office at 850-898-9904 for more information.