What Jobs Tend
to Result in Asbestos Related
Diseases such as Mesothelioma or Lung Cancer?
People who were in the United State Navy, ship yard workers, plumbers, electricians, pipe fitters, steel workers, construction workers, auto mechanics, airplane mechanics, contractors, even maintenance/janitorial workers who worked in industries that used asbestos (even if they themselves did not handle asbestos). If they are old enough, people who smoked Kent Cigarettes between 1952 and 1957 (the company put asbestos in the filter. While one cannot bring additional tobacco cases under the Florida Supreme Court Engel decision, an asbestos-related claim can still be brought against tobacco companies under a products liability theory.
In addition, spouses or family members of people who were routinely exposed to asbestos may develop asbestos-related diseases as they can get asbestos on clothing and will generally live near the asbestos-using factory or plant.
Most insulation materials manufactured before 1975 contained asbestos. Asbestos was used in the insulation for boilers, fireproofing sprays, pipes, tiles (roof, floor), brakes, and other products. Remember that these diseases have a very long latency period, so snowbirds, especially people from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania who have moved to Florida can certainly fall into the category of people seeking a Florida asbestos lawyer. How to Test for Asbestos Related Diseases We are looking for people who have a diagnosis of: Asbestosis, mesothelioma, or lung cancer. Vast majority of cases are going to involve mesothelioma or lung cancer, which our firm requires in order to consider addressing the case. Having the asbestos is not a diagnosis. Our personal injury firm will only consider cases if real tests have been performed to make an accurate and specific diagnosis. A biopsy will be performed or a doctor will draw fluid from the lungs. If there is a lot of fluid buildup in the lungs with drainage, there is likely mesothelioma. The lung fluid will likely be yellow or brownish, sometimes blood will be present. If the potential client is elderly, doctors wont perform an invasive biopsy but will test lung fluid only (cytology – which is kind of like a biopsy of the fluid). The test is necessary because often similar symptoms will result in a pneumonia misdiagnosis, which happens regularly.
Asbestos will generally result in plural thickening or intestinal fibrosis. But even with these elements, if you are unsure of your diagnosis you need to see more doctors. You need to ask your doctor to test for cancer. Non-Asbestos-Related Lung Conditions Sometimes referred to as co-morbidities, we often see these illnesses in our medical records. However, they are not related to asbestos exposure and because they can be associated with a variety of causes and difficult to prove, most Florida asbestos lawyers will not accept cases with these co-morbidities: COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Most often caused by smoking. We see this very frequently in our medical records and receive many inquiry calls from people with this ailment, but it has no association with asbestos exposure, which causes restrictive ailments. Emphysema Also an obstructive disease; also related to smoking. Benign Mesothelioma The jury is out, as it were, on whether these benign pleural tumors are related to asbestos exposure. Silicosis Like asbestosis it is a form of pulmonary fibrosis. However, as indicated by the name, it has a different causative agent (i.e. exposure to silica). Sarcoidosis A common lung ailment of unknown cause. Asthma A common obstructive lung disease.