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Asbestos exposure can cause serious complications. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, meaning that it causes cancer. Often, symptoms of asbestos exposure don’t manifest themselves until years later. The risk for an asbestos-related disease or cancer is largely dependent on the amount of asbestos the individual was exposed to, as well as for how long they were exposed to it. While federal regulations for asbestos are in place today, it was largely unregulated up until the 1980s. Thousands of individuals, especially industrial workers, were exposed to unsafe amounts of asbestos before that time.
Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has become a leading law firm in handling asbestos-related cases. Our Florida asbestos lawyers have represented over 20,000 clients across the nation in mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease claims.
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One of the most common indications of significant exposure to asbestos is the presence of pleural plaque. Pleural plaque refers to a condition in which the lining of the lungs (pleura) develop a fibrous thickening in certain areas. There are no symptoms for this condition and the plaques are not cancerous, nor can they become cancerous over time. In very rare cases, the calcified pleural plaques can cause a patient to have breathing problems.
Pleural plaques are usually discovered by X-ray or CT scan. In most cases, pleural plaques don’t show up until decades after the person has been significantly exposed to asbestos. Treatment is usually unnecessary because pleural plaques are non-cancerous.
A pleural effusion occurs when excess fluid accumulates in the pleural (lung) cavity. This condition can make breathing difficult. Generally, effusions will resolve themselves after a period of three to four months, but can reoccur.
While some patients experience little to no symptoms, others experience:
- Shortness of Breath
- Rapid Breaths
- Dry Cough
- Sharp Chest Pain
If pleural effusions are not treated, the fluid may become infected or even cause a collapsed lung. Pleural effusions are a common byproduct of asbestos-related illnesses. The effusion can be caused by cancer or a noncancerous condition.
Asbestosis is a presently un-curable disease in which asbestos fibers are lodged in lung tissue and result in scarring of the lungs. While asbestosis is not mesothelioma or lung cancer, the condition generally worsens over time, requiring further treatment.
Symptoms of asbestosis include:
- Chest Pain
- Facial Swelling
- Loss of Appetite
- Blood in Lung Mucus
- Trouble Swallowing
- Weight Loss
Asbestosis can lead to further complications such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, or other lung diseases. In some cases, asbestosis symptoms manifest themselves as early as 7 years or as late as 20 years or more. Treatment includes oxygen therapy, pain medication, and removal of secretions from lungs.
A rare form of lung cancer, asbestos lung cancer, accounts for approximately four percent of all U.S. fatalities from lung cancer.
Symptoms of asbestos-related lung cancer can include:
- Breathing Problems
- Chest Pain
- Lung Infections
- Worsening Cough
- Unexplained Weight Loss
Often, an asbestos fiber that becomes lodged in a lung has the capacity to develop into lung cancer. It may take years for the fibers to cause tumors to form. In addition, the person’s lifestyle and amount of exposure to asbestos will determine whether lung cancer will form. On average, asbestos lung cancer will take between fifteen and thirty-five years to become lung cancer.
There are numerous other cancers in the digestive and intestinal tract that can be caused by asbestos.
These include the following gastrointestinal cancers:
- Laryngeal Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Gallbladder Cancer
According to statistics, this type of cancer results in over 100,000 deaths on a yearly basis. There are also more than 250,000 new cases of gastrointestinal cancer each year.
Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
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If you or a loved one is experiencing an asbestos-related disease as a result of exposure to asbestos, don’t hesitate to call our experienced Florida asbestos attorneys. The Ferraro Law Firm is recognized as one of the top five mesothelioma and asbestos law firms in the nation and can capably handle your case.