Asbestosis Lawyers and Claims

What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a progressive and irreversible condition that restricts breathing caused by inhaled asbestos fibres scarring and eventually hardening the lungs. The condition affects the lung walls and sometimes the lining of the heart. It can lead to pulmonary hypertension or heart attack, and death. It is possible to suffer from other asbestos-related conditions at the same time as asbestosis, such as asbestos-related pleural thickening or pleural plaques.

Maurice Blackburn have lawyers and solicitors in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia. We also represent New Zealand clients who were exposed to Asbestos in Australia. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your Asbestos claim.

FAQs - your questions answered

Asbestosis is caused by inhaling asbestos fibres. Generally, sufferers of asbestosis have a significant history of asbestos exposure. It may be that they worked with or in the vicinity of products containing asbestos over a prolonged period or for short but intense periods.

Symptoms of asbestosis include a shortness of breath (dyspnoea), coughing, chest tightness and skin turning a bluish colour (cyanosis). Doctors can test for asbestosis by conducting a respiratory/lung function test and radiological investigations including chest x-rays and CT scans.

Unlike mesothelioma, asbestosis is not a cancer; it is a slow onset progressive condition. However, sufferers of asbestosis are at greater risk of developing mesothelioma.

Note: This information is general in nature. Please consult your doctor about your health. 

Maurice Blackburn have lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia. Contact us today to find out if we can help you with your claim.

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