Asbestos Diseases in Indiana

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis, you may be entitled to compensation. In many George & Farinas is a compassionate, experienced law firm of fierce advocates dedicated to protecting workers rights and dignity of those diagnosed with an asbestos disease. We have decades of experience and a proven track record of helping injured clients and their families obtain recoveries for their losses, whether they were directly exposed to asbestos on the job site, in the military, or indirectly such as by cleaning a loved one's asbestos clothing.

Asbestosis is a lung condition that results from the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Most often associated with those who work directly with asbestos or asbestos-containing products. Prolonged accumulation of these fibers in your lungs can cause scarring of lung tissue and shortness of breath. Asbestosis symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can lead to more dangerous forms of asbestos disease - such as Mesothelioma - later in life. It is essential that you do not take this condition lightly, but get in touch with a George & Farinas attorney as soon as possible.

The symptoms of asbestosis do not appear quickly. It can take as long as 20 to 40 years to begin to recognize symptoms that indicate a problem with the lungs. The most common symptoms of this occupational disease are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent, dry cough
  • Chest tightness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Clubbing of fingers
  • Rales and Crackles

Pleural Plaques are distinguished from other asbestos-related diseases and conditions by their appearance. These plaques can be described as white, smooth, raised areas of fibrosis tissue that are found on the inner surfaces of the ribcage, diaphragm and pleura. In addition these plaques are usually calcified and can range in size from small to large.

Most individuals become aware that they suffer from pleural plaques once they undergo a chest x-ray for the diagnosis of another condition, such as pneumonia or chest pain. Pleural plaques show up on regular x-rays as forms of shadowing. The shadowing is a result of the calcification of the plaques.

Pleural Thickening is the term used to describe the appearance of "diffuse" (widespread) scarring along the lining (pleura) of the lungs. While pleural thickening is relatively harmless in some cases, it is also common among workers who were exposed to and inhaled a significant amount of dangerous asbestos particles. Pleural thickening appears in about half the people known to have inhaled asbestos over long periods of time.

If you have a history of exposure to asbestos and you're experiencing increasing shortness of breath, talk to your doctor about the possibility of asbestosis, pleural plaques, or pleural thickening. Be sure to contact George & Farinas to get the legal representation you deserve.

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