Mesothelioma / Asbestos Attorneys Malden, Boston

Although more people are familiar with mesothelioma and lung cancer, asbestosis is just as serious a health problem as any other condition associated with asbestos exposure. In many cases, individuals suffering from asbestosis could have avoided the disease if their employers had taken adequate safety precautions. At Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, representing citizens of Boston, Malden, and surrounding communities, we specialize in aggressive asbestos and mesothelioma litigation. Our attorneys are veterans of more than thirty years of asbestos litigation, with many millions of dollars secured for our clients.

What Is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is the result of long-term asbestos exposure over a period of years. In many cases, mining, manufacturing, and construction companies who relied heavily on asbestos for their profitability failed to provide adequate protection for at-risk employees, profiting from their work without regard for their safety. In addition to representing thousands of mesothelioma victims, our asbestos attorneys have successfully secured compensation for many victims of chronic asbestos exposure suffering from asbestosis.

Asbestosis is a chronic respiratory condition. Unlike many other asbestos-related illnesses, it is not a form of cancer. Instead, as asbestos deposits build up in the lungs, fibers are embedded in air sacs known as alveoli in the lungs. This causes inflammation as the immune system attempts to remove the obstructions, which in turn leads to scarring. Widespread scar tissue causes the lungs to stiffen, making it more difficult to breathe and ultimately reducing lung capacity to dangerous levels.

Symptoms of Asbestosis

Most symptoms of asbestosis are respiratory in nature. Shortness of breath, crackling sounds, chronic cough, and reduced lung capacity are all common. Many patients also experience fatigue, chest pain or tightness, loss of appetite, and general malaise. As the condition advances and more lung capacity is lost due to scar tissue, these symptoms typically become progressively worse.

In most cases, symptoms of asbestosis are not obvious for up to a decade after exposure. The condition is often misdiagnosed as lung cancer or mesothelioma, as many symptoms are similar. Asbestosis is also a risk factor for the future development of cancer, so individuals diagnosed with asbestosis should stop smoking immediately in order to minimize their risk of developing cancer.

Because asbestosis is so closely linked to workplace asbestos exposure, many people who display symptoms are entitled to compensation. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with asbestosis or another asbestos-related condition, such as mesothelioma, contact our attorneys as soon as possible. Serving Boston, Malden, and all of Massachusetts for over 50 years, we will aggressively pursue a verdict on your behalf to ensure that you can afford treatment without unnecessary delay. If your employer put your health at risk, they should be forced to pay for the consequences.

Treatments for Asbestosis

There is currently no cure for asbestosis, but treatment can effectively slow the condition if it is detected early enough. Because it progresses slowly, doctors generally focus on alleviating the symptoms. Most doctors remove fluid secretions from the lungs with the aid of thinning medications to ease breathing and slow the development of scar tissue. Many patients eventually require oxygen therapy to compensate for decreasing lung capacity.

Speak with Our Asbestos Attorneys

Asbestosis is another tragic result of unnecessary asbestos exposure, like mesothelioma. Our attorneys, working on behalf of clients from Boston, Malden, Somerville, and all of Massachusetts, have decades of experience forcing irresponsible employers to pay for the consequences of their negligence. Contact Rodman, Rodman & Sandman to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.