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Asbestosis: Getting the care and support you need

Can you recall when you first began to notice that something wasn’t right and you just didn’t feel well? Perhaps, at first, you thought you were overly tired from work or maybe had contracted a minor illness. Were you prompted to schedule an appointment with a Minnesota medical doctor when you realized your symptoms were not subsiding? Asbestosis often presents like that — slowly developing symptoms that linger and feel worse over time.

Sadly, many people receive diagnoses of this disease and others, such as mesothelioma, after using certain products or working in certain industries. These illnesses often stem from asbestos exposure. In fact, there isn’t such a thing as a safe amount of exposure to asbestos. Once a diagnosis is made, the main focus becomes how best to care for the asbestos-injured person as he or she comes to terms with the fact that his or her illness is terminal.

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, a key factor to achieving as high quality a life as possible lies in the type of support you have from loved ones, friends, medical workers and others. You are likely to feel better some days than you do on others. As your disease progresses, you may want to discuss the situation with your family so they know how you feel and what you current needs are.

Asbestosis causes diminished lung capacity. Feeling like you can’t draw in a full breath can be quite frightening. It may help to speak to other victims of asbestos injury to compare notes and talk about what types of palliative treatment have worked best in their cases. It can also be helpful to talk to an experienced asbestos litigation attorney if you have questions regarding how to file a personal injury claim in a civil court. Sieben Polk, P.A., is fully equipped to address all your legal needs related to asbestos injury in Minnesota.

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