Asbestos-caused pleural thickening: Important information for you
Asbestos-related diffuse (widespread) pleural thickening (DPT) is becoming increasingly common due to the large number of workers who, just like you, were previously exposed to asbestos. Although pleural thickening is not as common as other lung conditions caused by asbestos, such as pleural plaques, it is usually considered much more serious as it is a sign of significant asbestos exposure, and as such can indicate the presence of life-threatening asbestos diseases like mesothelioma. In fact, it is sometimes detected at the same time as mesothelioma or asbestosis, another serious disease caused by occupational asbestos exposure. The White Lung Association, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the education of the public to the hazards of asbestos exposure, recommends that you have annual medical screenings to detect early signs of these other asbestos diseases after receiving your diagnosis of pleural thickening.
“It has generally been accepted that diffuse pleural thickening is associated with measurable pulmonary impairment and clinical symptoms,” noted a special reported published in the medical journal, Clinical Pulmonary Medicine. As pleural thickening involves scarring that has thickened your pleural (the membrane lining your lungs and chest cavity), many people will experience symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath.
Weitz & Luxenberg has over twenty years of experience helping clients like you obtain compensation for illnesses caused by asbestos. We are dedicated to providing you with important information about asbestos-induced diseases like pleural thickening, and what you can do to hold the company that got you sick accountable.
In the following pages you will find articles covering different aspects of asbestos-induced pleural thickening. In reading through this content, Weitz & Luxenberg hopes to offer you additional insight on your individual situation. Each article in this pleural thickening section will focus on one of the following key aspects:
- How asbestos causes Pleural Thickening: This first feature will explain more about how the asbestos you worked with caused you to develop pleural thickening many years later in life.
- Diagnosis: This article presents the steps involved in receiving a diagnosis of
- Symptoms: Shortness of breath, chest pain, and other symptoms associated with
pleural thickening will be covered here.
- Treatment Options: Here, we will present you with information on various treatment options for your asbestos-related pleural thickening.
- Alternative Medicine: Along with some of the more commonly known treatment options that were covered, this last article will present you with some alternative ideas
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As you can see from reading the information in this section and other parts of the website, the outlook for people who have asbestos-related diseases can vary, depending on which disease they have and how much it has damaged their health. While treatments cannot reverse the effects of asbestos on your lungs, they can help relieve some of the symptoms, slow the progress of the disease, and prevent further complications. Weitz & Luxenberg can help you get compensation to help pay for this necessary treatment. In addition, your legal action against those who caused your illness will help to send a message to negligent corporations everywhere that valuing profits over people will not be tolerated.
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