Dealing with an asbestos illness is difficult, but we can make the legal
road to compensation as smooth as possible
Many people with an asbestos illness have sought help from our firm's lawyers
years after they were exposed to asbestos.
In fact, most people do not show any signs or symptoms of asbestos illness
for 10 to 20 years or more after their exposure at a job or, for example, through
the asbestos dust from the work
clothes of a family member.
The most common asbestos-related illnesses are lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis, however there are
other cancers associated with
asbestos, including gastrointestinal, colon and larynx. Here is a brief overview
of some asbestos illnesses:
Lung cancer is a malignant tumor that invades and
obstructs the lung’s air passages. Cigarette smoking greatly increases the
likelihood of a person developing lung cancer as the result of asbestos exposure. Signs and symptoms
of lung cancer include coughing, hoarseness, wheezing, labored breathing,
shortness of breath, persistent chest pain, and anemia.
Other symptoms can include weight loss, fever, chills, and night sweats.
People who develop these symptoms do not necessarily have lung cancer, but they
should consult a physician for advice. Most cases of lung cancer in workers
occurred 15 years or more after the person was first exposed to asbestos.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the chest
or abdomen. Most mesothelioma cases are caused by exposure to asbestos and are
diagnosed 30 years or more after the first exposure. Signs and symptoms of
mesothelioma include shortness of breath or trouble breathing; unexplained
weight loss; pain under the ribs; and pain, swelling, or lumps in the
Asbestosis is a serious, progressive, long-term disease
that causes scarring of the lungs. This scarring makes it hard for lungs to get
oxygen into the blood. It restricts breathing and leads to smaller lung volume.
Asbestosis is not a cancer.
Signs and symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath (the primary
symptom); a persistent and productive cough (a cough that expels mucus); chest
tightness; chest pain; loss of appetite, and a dry, crackling sound in the lungs
Asbestosis generally progresses slowly, but the rate can vary greatly from
one patient to another. Breathing can become more difficult as the symptoms
progress over time.
As the disease progresses, shortness of breath becomes worse. After awhile, a
person may require supplemental oxygen to carry out daily activities. The end
result of the disease is lung and heart failure.
From shipfitters, pipefitters and demolition workers, to those toiling
on railroads and in construction, Weitz & Luxenberg has many clients whose
needless and entirely avoidable exposure to asbestos ultimately led to them
developing asbestos-related illness.
Weitz & Luxenberg is a leading plaintiffs' law firm that has represented
people affected by mesothelioma for over 20
years. Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by
asbestos exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies
responsible for their asbestos related disease. If you would like a free
consultation or more information about your legal options, please complete the
form on this page, and an representative of our law firm will contact you as
soon as possible.