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.