What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a chronic lung ailment that develops from breathing in asbestos fibers. This causes scar tissue to form inside the lungs, which keeps them from expanding and contracting properly. Asbestosis can take years and even decades to develop. Asbestos fibers are very small, so even family members of people who have worked in high-risk occupations, school children, and people who live near asbestos mines can develop asbestosis.

Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli has been committed to representing victims of asbestos-related diseases and other conditions for more than 30 years. Our law firm is one of the premier asbestos and mesothelioma practices in the country. We can help you obtain the treatment you need from highly qualified specialists, increasing your chances to prevent asbestos-related lung cancer or mesothelioma complications.

Effects of Asbestosis

As the disease progresses, breathing may become increasingly difficult. Patients may experience:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent cough expelling mucus
  • Chest pain and restriction
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry, crackling sounds in the lungs while inhaling

While there is no cure available for asbestosis, supportive treatments are routinely administered to relieve symptoms and effects, including respiratory physiotherapy, chest percussion, and vibration. Nebulized medications may also be prescribed in order to loosen secretions or treat underlying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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