Railroad workers make up a small portion of individuals that worked closely with asbestos products before the truth about how dangerous this material was made public. For decades, the risks and health problems of inhaling and ingesting asbestos were known to the manufacturers of this material. However, instead of sharing this information with those who would be affected by it, companies chose to hide the dangers in order to protect their profits.
Due to the reckless actions of these companies, financial compensation is available for railroad workers that have been exposed to asbestos and have since developed health conditions or injuries. There is currently more than $30 billion dollars sitting in asbestos trusts for those who have been affected by inhaling or ingesting this toxic material.
Even if you have not been diagnosed with mesothelioma or cancer, you may still qualify for compensation. This is because money is available for a wide range of medical problems, including asbestosis, which causes shortness of breath and internal scarring.
Our asbestos attorneys team works with those who were employed by the railroad industry to recover the money they deserve. Make sure you are doing everything you can to recover the money you deserve for the time you spent working around this toxic material. Call our team today to learn more about retired employees of the railroad industry can begin the process of filing an asbestos claim to recover compensation and get money for retired railroad workers in Shreveport, LA.
How Long Does It Take for Asbestos Exposure To Develop Into Illness?
It may take several decades after asbestos exposure for illness to develop. This is why it is important for those who worked closely with this material to have routine health screenings from a physician that knows about the time they spent working with asbestos. Additionally, if your spouse worked with asbestos this information should be shared with your doctor.
How Are Asbestos-Related Diseases Detected?
Individuals who have been exposed (or suspect they have been exposed) to asbestos fibers on the job, through the environment, or at home via a family contact should inform their doctor about their exposure history and whether or not they experience any symptoms. The symptoms of asbestos-related diseases may not become apparent for many decades after the exposure. It is particularly important to check with a doctor if any of the following symptoms develop:
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness
- A persistent cough that gets worse over time
- Blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up from the lungs
- Pain or tightening in the chest
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swelling of the neck or face
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Fatigue or anemia
A thorough physical examination, including a chest x-ray and lung function tests, may be recommended. The chest x-ray is currently the most common tool used to detect asbestos-related diseases. Although chest x-rays cannot detect asbestos fibers in the lungs, they can help identify any early signs of lung disease resulting from asbestos exposure.
What Factors Affect the Risk of Developing an Asbestos-Related Disease?
Several factors can help to determine how asbestos exposure affects an individual, including:
- Dose (how much asbestos an individual was exposed to)
- Duration (how long an individual was exposed)
- Size, shape, and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers
- Source of the exposure
- Individual risk factors, such as smoking and pre-existing lung disease
- Genetic factors, such as having a germline mutation in BAP1
Although all forms of asbestos are considered hazardous, different types of asbestos fibers may be associated with different health risks. For example, the results of several studies suggest that amphibole forms of asbestos may be more harmful than chrysotile, particularly for mesothelioma risk, because they tend to stay in the lungs for a longer period of time .
Free Asbestos Exposure Consultation in United States
At Sammons & Berry, P.C. we offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, so you can discuss the facts of your case without paying for anything upfront. Asbestos trusts claims do not require a lawsuit, depositions, or courtrooms. The process is simple and easy for the client and should not require any stressful legal confrontations for the client. The law firm handles all of the claims for the client, helping you maximize your compensation.
We do not accept any payments from our clients until they receive compensation. We charge on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay a percentage of what you get paid in your claim. If we are unable to collect anything for you, there is no cost to you.
Call (800) 519-1440 to speak with a Sammons and Berry, P.C. representative and start your journey towards compensation.
Wrongful Death Claims For Families of Asbestos Victims
If you have lost someone in your family due to the harmful exposure of asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. If you can provide the work history and a death certificate for your loved one, our attorneys can help you file an asbestos claim. We understand how difficult this process can be, this is why we work with you every step of the way to help you get the money you deserve. Reach out to our team today to learn more about filing a claim for a family member.
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