Assistance for VAs
In order to get more information, the contact info for Los Angeles Veterans Resource Center is 1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Suite 150 Gardena, CA 90247 Phone: (310) 767-1221.
There are certain individuals who are more easily injured by exposure to asbestos. The following is a list of those with increased danger of developing an asbestos-related disease:
- Those with breathing problems
- Those with extended exposure to asbestos
- Those who think they have had extended exposure to asbestos
- Immediate family members of those who have worked in asbestos-related vocations, even if the person who worked with asbestos has no visible symptoms or respiratory issues
Four specific diseases are associated with asbestos exposure: Asbestosis (a serious, chronic, non cancerous fibrous hardening and scarring of the lungs), mesothelioma (a cancer of the thin membranes lining the thoracic and abdominal cavities and surrounding internal organs), pleural plaque and thickening (scarring of the lining of the lung) and lung cancer. The most commonly known symptoms of asbestos-related diseases are coughing, coughing blood, shortness of breath, chest pain and weight loss. Unfortunately, the tangible symptoms of asbestos exposure can appear up to 25 years after primary exposure. Annual or even semi-annual asbestos detection tests are recommended.
It is recommended to get tested if you presume that you have been exposed to asbestos. Other ways of testing is an x-ray (side and front view of your chest.) Added tests may include a pulmonary function test, blood work, a CT scan and/or biopsy. Doctors sometimes speak a language unintelligible to the average person. Don't be afraid to question your doctor about your situation. If you don't fully understand your doctor, request that he explain it in a way that you can better understand. Weitz & Luxenberg is a proponent of the idea that all citizens who have participated in the American Armed orces should receive the benefits they deserve. This includes compensation for deadly diseases such as mesothelioma.
If you or someone you love has developed lung cancer after exposure to asbestos, allow us to help. It's never too late for a free case evaluation. The form below starts the process.
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