Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma: Deadly Construction Site and Utility Worker Illnesses
Some workers may have been exposed to asbestos, a fibrous mineral once widely used in construction and manufacturing. Exposure to asbestos can cause long-term, serious health problems. But pursuing a workers' compensation claim related to asbestos can be difficult. The experienced workers' compensation attorneys at The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl can help.
Everyone knows that asbestos is dangerous but many people who have been working around it for years or decades were unaware of asbestos risks for much of their working life. Longtime and retired construction workers, carpenters, utility workers, plumbers and electricians end up breathing in asbestos dust due to working on old homes, building renovation projects that involve ripping out walls and pipes that were originally installed with asbestos. Originally considered to be a harmless but effective fire-retardant material, asbestos has been shown to cause countless cases of severe lung illnesses such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial pneumonitis. Workers' Compensation benefits can help you and your family if asbestos exposure has damaged your lungs. Symptoms of asbestos poisoning may include:
- Chest pain and tightness
- Chronic cough and wheezing
- Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath
- Fingernail abnormalities and softening
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pains or bloating
- Clubbing of fingers (bulging fingertips)
Employers and insurance companies often challenge workers' compensation claims related to asbestos. They may question whether an illness was work-related or challenge the extent of the illness. That's why it's important to have a workers' compensation attorney on your side who knows how to build strong cases that get results.
Let a Powerful RI/MA Mesothelioma Workers Compensation Lawyer Fight For Your Restitution
Asbestosis is a debilitating lung disease that comes from breathing in asbestos fibers, resulting in lung scar tissue, or fibrosis. It often develops into a form of lung cancer called mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lung, the pleura (chest cavity) or the peritoneum (abdomen). Because construction laborers and utility workers are so frequently exposed to hazardous airborne asbestos particles on the job, they are the most likely Rhode Island and Massachusetts employees to develop mesothelioma. Family members of asbestos workers can also inhale the fibers and develop these illnesses as well. We help asbestos injured workers in crucial ways that can help you and your dependents. Contact us to find out why you should hire a Workers' Compensation lawyer to go to bat for you.
Mesothelioma, Pulmonary Fibrosis or Interstitial Pneumonitis Due to Asbestos Exposure? Call Us!
Asbestosis is incurable and patients are often given oxygen through a mask or plastic tubes in the nostrils. In some cases, a lung transplant is needed for survival and yet asbestos wrongful deaths occur frequently throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you are suffering from asbestos exposure on the job or it developed into mesothelioma lung cancer-or if a loved died due to job-related mesothelioma-call the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl today at (508)677-4900 or contact us online for a free case evaluation with one of our workers' compensation attorneys. We care about our clients and their families who have been hurt by asbestos injuries and we want to help you too. Every conversation is private and you pay nothing until we win your case for you.