What Is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is scarring of the inside of the lungs. It occurs from breathing in asbestos dust.
There are different types of asbestos, some more toxic than others but all types of asbestos have been classified as cancer-producing.
When working with asbestos, fibres can be inhaled, the inhaled fibres get trapped in the lungs, eventually causing scarring and stiffening.
In some instances, exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer.
The symptoms of asbestosis can occur 10-20 years after exposure and can include:
- shortness of breath
- crackling sounds when breathing
- loss of appetite
- dry cough
- weight loss
- swelling or ‘clubbing’ at the end of the fingers
Why Was Asbestos Used?
Asbestos is resistant to heat, fire and electricity and as such, was a commonly used product in building, construction and insulation, including use in fibro sheeting, drains, roofs and gutters. Asbestos was also used in car parts including brake pads. Asbestos was widely used in Australia from around 1940 to 1987. It is now banned nation-wide.
Who Is At Risk?
- Asbestos miners
- Trades people who have worked with asbestos
- Shipyard, wharf and power station workers
- Workers at aluminium smelting plants
- Relatives of asbestos workers who have come into contact with the asbestos eg: when washing clothes
- People who have conducted renovations of older homes containing asbestos
What Can I Do If Diagnosed With Asbestosis?
Compensation is able to be claimed in relation to asbestosis regardless of when the exposure to asbestos occurred. Claims for damages as a result of asbestosis can include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of income, care expenses including gardening and nursing care, and out of pocket expenses such as travel to appointments.
In the event that a partner or family member dies as a result of the condition, a family member may still be able to claim compensation for the financial consequences of their loved one’s death.
If you, or someone you know, requires assistance with a compensation claim for asbestosis, contact Fortitude Legal to see the difference that we are able to make for your claim. We will fight for you, explain your claim in clear terms, progress your claim promptly and minimise any inconvenience caused by the claims process.
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