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Asbestosis Chronic Lung Disease Linked to Asbestos


Asbestosis is a degenerative, but nonmalignant, chronic lung disease caused by asbestos. It can lead to lung cancer and lung or heart failure. Unfortunately, there is no cure.

Asbestosis is caused by the formation of scar tissue in the lungs. The scar tissue develops after a person has been exposed to asbestos for many years, sometimes 20 years or more, and has inhaled its fibers.

The severity of the disease generally depends on how long someone was exposed to asbestos and the amount of asbestos that person breathed in.

Most people who have been diagnosed with asbestosis acquired it in the workplace before the 1970s, when the government began restricting the use of asbestos. Prior to that time, manufacturers used it widely as an insulator and fire retardant, particularly in asbestos mining and milling industries, construction and fireproofing. You could also find asbestos in paper products, plastics, cement, floor and ceiling tiles, crayons and toasters.

Asbestos Is a Naturally Occurring Carcinogen

You can find asbestos in our natural environment as part of the soil and rocks. Its fibers are heat and fire resistant, as well as resistant to corrosion. Undisturbed, asbestos poses few direct risks.

When disturbed, however, such as during excavation, building and home demolition and construction, and product manufacture, asbestos is lethal. Today, asbestos is a well-recognized health hazard and known human carcinogen.

Unfortunately, asbestos is still in use today. You can find it in products used in home and building construction as well as the automotive industry.

How Does Asbestos Cause Asbestosis?

Asbestos consists of tiny fibers. If disturbed, they are released into the air and float like dust particles. When you breathe in these fibers, some settle deep in your lungs, where they may remain for your lifetime.

The more particles you breathe in, the greater the chances your lungs will react by forming scar tissue. Over time and continued exposure, scar tissue builds up.

This scar tissue interferes with breathing. The lung tissues and the lining of the chest wall also thicken and harden. Both disrupt your body’s ability to take in oxygen, causing shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

Other Common Symptoms of Asbestosis

There are other symptoms that indicate you may be ill with asbestosis. These include:

  • Chronic cough that produces mucus
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Damaged respiratory function
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss

Are you experiencing symptoms associated with asbestosis? If so, you may be entitled to compensation.

Choosing Just the Right Attorney to Fight on Your Behalf

If you’re considering hiring an attorney, your choices may feel overwhelming. To ensure you find someone who will best serve your needs, be sure to ask these critical questions: What is this firm’s prior experience? What is this firm’s philosophy when working with clients?

At Weitz & Luxenberg, we have a proven record of providing our clients with superior results. Our attorneys have represented tens of thousands of individuals and won billions of dollars in damages. As one of the largest personal injury and mass tort plaintiffs’ firms in the country, Weitz & Luxenberg can assure you that we have the expertise and knowledge to provide you with the best outcome possible.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

Recent W&L Results

  • $20 Million

    The family of a former Navy shipfitter who died earlier this year of mesothelioma received a verdict of against a manufacturer of boilers that were insulated with asbestos.

  • $25 Million

    Two men sought help after getting cancer due to asbestos-tainted products. Crane Co., the product manufacturer, acted recklessly and with conscious disregard for safety. W&L is relentless in ensuring that innocent victims are not brushed aside.

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  • We worked with almost 4,400 clients with lung cancer. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 2,200 pipefitters have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $190 million verdict for 5 clients who were exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Almost 5,500 Navy Vets have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won non-malignancy cases totaling almost $1.5 billion. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $47 million verdict for a boilermaker who died from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won $17.5 million in a consolidated trial of 5 mesothelioma victims. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped almost 1,600 clients from New Jersey. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $64.65 million award for 4 construction site workers who had asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Almost 1,700 boilermakers have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped Brooklyn Navy Yard workers get $104 million in a class-action case against Johns-Manville. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $75 million verdict for clients who were exposed to asbestos at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1940s and 1950s. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got more than $350 million from the petrochemical industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We earned $7.4 billion for our clients. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped clients from all 50 states. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 2,800 electricians have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $2.16 million settlement for the family of a NYC construction worker who died of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $1.8 million from the aviation industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $48 million from the railroad industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 39,000 clients have used us as their legal advisors.

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How Weitz & Luxenberg Helped Me

  • John Pilla’s Story

    Because someone was careless with asbestos and didn't do anything to keep people like my mom safe, I lost her and I lost my older brother both in the same day. My mom was still alive when she called Weitz & Luxenberg for help. She made the decision to call right after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. She knew what mesothelioma was, she knew how it happens, and she knew what was coming. For those reasons, she also knew that she needed to get legal representation quickly.

    - John Pilla NJ