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 Do I Have To Have Cancer To Get Asbestos Compensation?

With over 30 billion dollars set aside in asbestos trust funds, you may be wondering if your years of working closely with this toxic material qualifies you for compensation, even without a lung cancer or mesothelioma diagnosis. You do not have to have either of these diseased in order to get money for your asbestos exposure.

There are a wide range of qualifying cancers, as well as asbestosis, that help victims recover money for the time they spent working with asbestos. Additionally, it may take several decades after being exposed to asbestos for symptoms of asbestos related diseases to begin to show.

Our team will evaluate your work history and medical records in order to determine what type of claim is best for you. If later down the road you develop cancer, our team can help you to upgrade your settlement in order to reflect your newer diagnosis, increasing your compensation.

What Is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a lung disease that occurs from breathing in asbestos fibers.


Breathing in asbestos fibers can cause scar tissue (fibrosis) to form inside the lung. Scarred lung tissue does not expand and contract normally.

How severe the disease is depends on how long the person was exposed to asbestos and the amount that was breathed in and the type of fibers breathed in. Often, the symptoms aren’t noticed for 20 years or more after the asbestos exposure.

Asbestos fibers were commonly used in construction before 1975. Asbestos exposure occurred in asbestos mining and milling, construction, fireproofing, and other industries. Families of asbestos workers can also be exposed from particles brought home on the worker’s clothing.

Cigarette smoking increases the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases.


Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath with activity (slowly gets worse over time)
  • Tightness in the chest

Possible other symptoms include:

  • Clubbing of fingers
  • Nail abnormalities
  • Exams and Tests

The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask about the symptoms.

When listening to the chest with a stethoscope, the provider may hear crackling sounds called rales.

These tests may help diagnose the disease:

  • Chest x-ray
  • CT scan of the lungs
  • Lung function tests

Pleural plaques in the chest x-ray or CT scan can help diagnose asbestosis and differentiate from other forms of pulmonary fibrosis.

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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