What is asbestosis disease?
Unlike mesothelioma, asbestosis is not a cancer. It is a slow onset progressive disease that affects breathing by hardening and scarring the lung, which can be severely debilitating. Sufferers of asbestosis also run the risk of getting asbestos-related cancer such as mesothelioma.
What is pleural disease?
Also not a cancer, pleural disease is a slow onset progressive disease that can result in pain and breathlessness when the lining of the lungs hardens and constricts, similar to asbestosis. This inhibits the capacity of the lungs to expand and contract and can affect people for many years.
If you suffer from asbestosis or pleural disease, you also run a risk of developing mesothelioma or lung cancer sometime in the future.
Obtaining medical support
Asbestosis and Pleural Disease are not cancer, but they are long term debilitating conditions.
Symptoms of asbestosis and pleural disease can be similar to other respiratory diseases. It is therefore critical that you see a lung specialist and obtain a clear diagnosis if you suspect you have either disease. Both diseases can result in chronic breathlessness and different treatment options may be available, depending on the cause of your breathing difficulties.
It is important for sufferers of asbestosis and/or pleural disease to have your treatment managed by a doctor who is experienced in the care of such cases. The right application of drugs, nutrition, exercise, and where appropriate, supplied oxygen support can do a great deal to improve quality of life.
Making a compensation claim
The majority of people who suffer from asbestosis or pleural disease have valuable claims for damages. These may vary from medium sized claims to very large claims, depending on the severity of the condition. It is important if you are in this situation, to get advice from a lawyer who is experienced in asbestos litigation.
In most jurisdictions in Australia, if you bring your claim for asbestosis and/or pleural disease and you resolve it, you will not be permitted to bring another claim for damages if you later on develop asbestos related cancer. An exception to this is New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia where a second claim is allowed if a later asbestos related cancer develops.
It is important for your lawyer to be aware of these matters and to bring your case in the most appropriate court for the benefit of your pleural disease and/or asbestosis claim.