One of the most common complications of asbestos exposure is Asbestosis – a chronic breathing disorder directly caused by long-term exposure. Over time, asbestos fibers can become lodged inside the lungs in the area where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide, thereby preventing the lungs from properly delivering oxygen to the bloodstream. The lung tissue can eventually become severely scarred which in turn inhibits the lung’s ability to expand and contract causing extreme difficulty breathing. If you or someone you love are experiencing symptoms from asbestos exposure, the asbestosis attorneys at Hill Law Firm can help your case for compensation.
Common symptoms may include shortness of breath (dyspnea) immediately after exposure, but often the most severe symptoms will not manifest until decades later. Symptoms of asbestosis are as follows:
- Chest pain
- Persistent dry cough
In advanced cases, a finger deformity may also result in which the tips of the fingers expand and become more rounded. Additionally, patients diagnosed with asbestosis are also more likely to develop lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Because the most common symptoms of asbestosis are similar to those which present in other common respiratory diseases, a positive diagnosis may require a combination of chest X-rays, CT scans, and pulmonary function tests. Currently, there is no cure for asbestosis, and no available treatment which can successfully reverse the effects of asbestos exposure. Patients diagnosed with asbestosis are typically treated with medication and oxygen therapy, but in some cases the only available treatment is a complete lung transplant.
Contact an Experienced San Antonio Asbestosis Lawyer
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with asbestosis, contact the San Antonio injury attorney at Hill Law Firm today. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries caused by asbestos. Our lawyers offer free consultations to answer any questions you might have. Injury cases can be confusing and knowing where to start can be the most difficult obstacle – If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related injury, do not hesitate, call our San Antonio office today!