Health problems that involve the lungs are often very serious. People can have decreased lung capacity and find it difficult to breathe. They may need to use portable oxygen machines and often have chest pain. An illness of this type can significantly upset a person's life and health. This is why it can be so detrimental to have lung illnesses diagnosed as soon as possible when treatment can be more effective.
Asbestos cases can be enormously complicated. There are often several parties involved, huge amounts of money at stake and victims dealing with painful illnesses and shortened life spans. All these factors can create somewhat of a storm: victims who need relief immediately going up against companies that have a vested interest in delaying claims.
It can be extremely upsetting and shocking to learn that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness caused by exposure to asbestos. In many cases, the diagnosis comes decades after the exposure ever happened. This leaves many people scrambling to try and figure out where and when they came into contact with exposure.
We have often discussed the fact that diagnosis is extremely complicated when it comes to mesothelioma. There are several reasons for this.
Veterans of the U.S. military should know that they can be eligible for benefits if they get sick or hurt while on active duty. Unfortunately, veterans also know that it can be a frustrating and complicated process. In many cases, navigating the system to apply for benefits successfully can just add stress to an already difficult situation.
There is no doubt that exposure to asbestos is dangerous. It can cause irreparable damage to a person's lungs and other vital organs, and it should be avoided when at all possible. Unfortunately, millions of people were exposed to asbestos decades years ago and may not have even been aware that they were at risk of breathing in toxic fibers.
Advocates for victims of mesothelioma in North Carolina and throughout the country are working hard to fight a bill that is currently supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act – also known as the FACT Act – would complicate the process for victims seeking compensation for asbestos exposure, according to opponents of the bill.
In our last post, we discussed the fact that family members of people who work with asbestos are at risk of being exposed and suffering an asbestos-related illness. This is known as secondary or indirect exposure, and it is something that has put many lives in danger.
People who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness have a number of very complicated questions that need to be addressed, from what type of care they may need to how they will provide for their families during a time of illness and in the event of their death.
While it is widely known that exposure to asbestos can cause devastating and ultimately fatal illnesses, not every person who is exposed develops diseases like mesothelioma. In fact, mesothelioma is considered relatively rare.