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.
Asbestosis is a lung condition resulting from prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers. These fibers can cause scar tissue formation in the lungs, leading to difficulties with normal lung expansion and contraction. The severity of asbestosis is often linked to the volume of asbestos inhaled and the duration of exposure. Notably, symptoms may not appear until up to 20 years post-exposure.
Individuals employed in asbestos mines, mills, construction, fireproofing, and similar industries are more susceptible to asbestosis. Family members of these workers also face exposure risks. With government regulations curtailing asbestos use, cases of asbestosis are less frequent now than they were before the 1970s.
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 the 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 Long-Term Disability Attorney
Engaging an experienced disability attorney significantly enhances your prospects of securing disability benefits for asbestosis. It’s important to note that an initial denial of benefits does not mean your claim is over. Many applicants face denial, but you have the right to gather more evidence that might strengthen your case and to file an appeal. Though the claims process may seem overwhelming, a disability attorney can guide you through it.
Ortiz Law Firm has a strong track record of successfully representing disability claimants across the United States. We only receive payment after you have won your case, so you do not have to worry about upfront costs or unexpected bills. If you wish to discuss your asbestosis and its impact on your work capacity with an experienced disability lawyer, don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 321-8131. We offer a free, comprehensive case evaluation and guidance through the appeal process.