Weitz & Luxenberg Provides Information on your asbestos related lung nodule diagnosis
Can exposure to asbestos cause lung nodules?
Asbestos is not directly responsible for a lung nodule diagnosis. However, when you inhaled asbestos fibers, whether at work or someplace else, they traveled down your airways and into your lungs. Over time, the fibers cut through the pleura, the protective lining that encases your lungs, causing scarring. The symptoms of most asbestos related diseases usually do make themselves apparent until years after your initial exposure to asbestos, owing to the long latency period of asbestos fibers. Asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and asbestosis all display symptoms at some stage, but what makes lung nodules unique- and dangerous- is that they cannot be detected by medical testing until they are too big to treat effectively.
Weitz & Luxenberg understands that the cost of treatments for serious health conditions such as lung nodules is out of the reach of most people. Our attorneys have the expertise and experience necessary to secure you monetary compensation, which can aid at least some of your medical costs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.
How is a lung nodule detected?
When your doctor performed a CT Scan and found a lung nodule, chances are it was purely incidental. “Pulmonary nodules only turn up in about 1 of every 500 chest X-rays” (University of Rochester Medical Center)
In order for a CT Scan to detect the lung nodule, it had to be “at least 1 cm in diameter,” (Mayo Clinic) which is already rather large. After examining the CT Scan and performing a biopsy- the surgical removal of tissue- your doctor was able to determine whether or not the nodule was malignant or benign. It is strongly advised that you keep the lines of communication open with your medical professionals so that the nodule, whether malignant or benign, can be closely monitored and treated appropriately.
What legal options are available?
Weitz & Luxenberg understands the gravity of the asbestos problem and we want to be able to work with you to seek justice and secure the compensation you deserve. It is unfortunate that even though the dangers of asbestos have been known in the United States since at least the Industrial Revolution, it continued to be used in multiple industries. Such carelessness should not be ignored.
Our firm has a team of skilled attorneys with a wealth of knowledge concerning asbestos-related diseases and ailments such as pleural plaques. To get started, simply fill out the form on this page. A representative from our firm will review your case and get in touch with shortly you for your free legal consultation.
Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.com/health/lung-nodules/AN01082
University of Rochester Medical Center: