By now, you have heard of the thousands of mesothelioma cases around the country due to asbestos exposure. While this is a horrific disease that causes pain and agony for its victims, it’s not the only disease asbestos can cause.
In fact, there are several illnesses caused by asbestos that can reduce a person’s quality of life. If you have ever worked around asbestos, the possibility of developing these illnesses is just as real as mesothelioma.
While pleural disease is non-cancerous, it is still serious. This condition impacts the membrane around your lungs and the entire chest cavity. There are a few types of pleural disease that may develop, which include:
- Pleural effusion: Occurs when fluid builds up around your lungs.
- Diffuse pleural thickening: Occurs when the membrane thickens all over.
- Pleural plaques: Occurs when the membrane only thickens in isolated areas.
While not all cases cause issues, some people may experience reduced lung function as the condition worsens.
Usually, lung cancer cases are seen in individuals who have smoked tobacco; however, asbestos exposure can cause this problem, as well. If you were around asbestos and breathed in the fibers, the likelihood of developing lung cancer is increased.
When you breathe in asbestos fibers, they can become embedded in your lung tissue. These needle-like fibers remain in place and your body will “heal” around them, which causes scarring. This scar tissue can thicken significantly and eventually become rigid. As your lungs lose elasticity due to the rigid tissue, breathing becomes difficult and sometimes painful.
Your legal rights
If you were exposed to asbestos, you have legal rights. You can recover compensation for your illness and required medical treatment.