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What you need to know if you have asbestosis

Asbestosis is a devastating illness that people can develop if they have been exposed to high levels or concentrations or asbestos. Unfortunately, it can take decades for symptoms to start showing up, which means that the damage can already be extensive by the time a person is diagnosed.

The length of time between exposure and the showing of symptoms is not the only thing that works against asbestosis victims. Sadly, there are many elements of asbestosis that can devastate and complicate the lives of sufferers and their families.

Getting a diagnosis of asbestosis is also a challenge. As noted by Mayo Clinic, symptoms of this illness -- which can include dry cough, shortness of breath, chest pain and loss of appetite -- look a lot like many other conditions, so it is typically necessary to rule those out before doctors land on asbestosis. 

Diagnosing asbestosis can also be difficult, as it requires a series of tests, which can be stressful. X-rays, CT scans and pulmonary function tests are often administered in an effort to detect asbestosis.

Treatment is yet another difficult element of this illness. Sadly, there is no cure for asbestosis. And while there are ways to alleviate the symptoms and slow the disease's progression, these options can be less effective as the disease becomes more advanced. The most aggressive and effective option is to have a lung transplant.

It is true that having asbestosis is an uphill battle, so it is critical that you get all the help you can if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this disease. This is why people often work with an attorney to pursue financial awards from workers' compensation or civil claims. Considering all that a person with asbestosis goes through, which we've only briefly explored in this post, it makes sense that there is the potential for considerable financial payouts.

Money will not undo the damage done by asbestosis, but it can be essential in helping sufferers get the care and support they need and deserve.

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