Asbestosis Solicitors - Injury Compensation Claim Solicitors - Australia
Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition which usually takes 10 or more years to develop following inhalation of a large number of asbestos fibres over a prolonged period. The latency period of 10-15 years is much shorter than that for mesothelioma. People with asbestosis have a greater risk of developing lung cancer or mesothelioma than other people who have been exposed to asbestos fibres.
If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis or an asbestos-related disease, you should seek legal advice. You may be entitled to thousands of dollars in compensation. Our Australian asbestosis solicitors are experts at handling asbestos compensation claims, including claims arising from the mining industry.
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Asbestos fibres that are breathed in can lodge deep within the lungs. Scar tissue (fibrosis) forms around inflammation caused by the asbestos fibres. As the scarred lung tissue hardens, the person finds it harder to breathe. Total lung capacity is reduced in asbestosis as in other restrictive disorders. There may be shortness of breath, chest pain and a persistent dry cough. These symptoms can become severe, even when not exercising.
Asbestosis is a disease that predominately affects men because they usually worked in those occupations exposed to high levels of asbestos fibres. It is a chronic disease that can lead to malignant conditions such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, carcinomas of upper respiratory tract, esophagus, biliary system, and kidney. Other complications of asbestosis include respiratory infections, pulmonary hypertension, respiratory or cardiac failure, and ultimately death.
Doctors may use chest x'rays, CT scans, and breathing or pulmonary function tests to diagnose whether asbestosis or asbestos pleural disease is present. A high resolution CT scan (HRCT) allows better definition of interstitial infiltrates and may be helpful in diagnosing early stages of asbestosis.
It is possible that pleural plaques may co-exist with asbestosis. However pleural plaques alone are usually not associated with impaired pulmonary function, and therefore are usually not compensable. Pleural plaques are however a reliable indicator that the patient has been exposed to asbestos.
Bronchoalveolar lavage has only limited application in the diagnosis and management of asbestosis. Open-lung biopsy is not indicated in most cases.
There is no cure for asbestosis. Ongoing medical care and treatment is necessary to maintain good quality of life and to reduce the burden that the condition places on the body's vital organs. Reduced lung function places great stress on the body's vital organs, and long-term oxygen therapy is usually needed. Treatment also requires prompt attention to respiratory infections and immunisations against influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia. Smokers should also cease smoking.
If you would like No Win No Fee representation on an asbestosis compensation claim, contact our specialist asbestosis solicitors today. legal advice without obligation is available by calling our legal helpline, completing the on-line contact form, or sending an email.AUSTRALIA LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 1800 339 958