Representing Victims of Asbestos Exposure Nationwide
Our national asbestos attorneys at BCH are experienced in handling cases involving illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. The use of asbestos is now regulated in the United States due to its harmful side effects. Many companies may have known about these dangers and continued to allow workers to be exposed to asbestos. They should be held accountable.
What Causes Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material known for its strength, durability, and heat resistant capabilities. For many years it was used in production and manufacturing. The same qualities that make it resistant to chemical breakdown, however, make it dangerous and difficult for the body to expel once it has been inhaled or swallowed. Over time and prolonged exposure, asbestos fibers—which are tiny, microscopic needles the size of one-fifth of a human hair—can become lodged in the body’s soft tissue, including the lungs. Asbestosis is the result of scarring in the lung tissue. Asbestosis can develop years or decades after exposure.
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Symptoms of Asbestosis: When to See a Doctor
If you worked in an environment where asbestos was present, and you are experiencing symptoms, it is time to see a doctor. Additionally, you may be at risk for asbestosis if you spent time living with or in close proximity to someone who worked around asbestos. This is called “secondary exposure” or “take-home exposure.”
Some of the most prominent symptoms of asbestosis include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic dry coughing
- Weight loss / loss of appetite
- Clubbing, or swelling of fingertips and toes
- Pain in your chest area
- Chest tightness
To obtain a free case evaluation regarding your legal options if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis, call BCH at (888) 367-7160.