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 Ways Asbestos Affects Your Body

Individuals who worked around asbestos are at higher risk for developing a wide range of health conditions. Many of these individuals qualify for financial compensation without even knowing it. This is because you do not need a diagnosis of lung cancer or mesothelioma to collect money for your exposure. If you were employed by the railroad industry prior to 1982, reach out to our team to find out if you qualify and to learn more about the process of filing an asbestos claim.

Symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses can take multiple decades to show up. This means, even if you have not worked for the railroad industry in 40 years, you may just now begin to show symptoms. Asbestos was prominently used in railroad equipment, such as brake pads, brake linings, clutches, cement, and gaskets, until the 1980s.

Even though the manufacturers of asbestos were aware the material was toxic, they continued to market and sell their products through the 1970s. This selfish decision put millions of people at risk and now these manufacturers have been forced to compensate workers like you. If you’re a retired railroader, who has been exposed to asbestos, you may qualify for compensation.

Noticing asbestos-exposure symptoms is the first step in getting the justice you deserve. Signs include:

Difficulty breathing: Most people with asbestos exposure have lung and respiratory problems. This can be as simple as experiencing shortness of breath or hearing crackling or wheezing sounds whenever you breathe. Problems like this arise due to the microscopic asbestos particles being trapped in your respiratory system.

Chest pain or coughing: A common symptom shared by affected individuals is chest pain and persistent coughing. This is typically described as a “dry cough” or “wheezing.” Consistent coughing and chest tightness may be signs you have scarring from asbestos that has become trapped in your lungs. Smoking can make symptoms worse, but asbestos exposure may be the reason your problem began.

Pleural plaques: Your doctor may find thicker areas on the lining of your lungs in a normal X-ray or CT scan. This is a standard sign you’ve been affected by asbestos exposure. If it’s been at least 10 years since you’ve been exposed, stay proactive and get scanned every 3-5 years for signs of plagues and thickening.

Digestive issues: Asbestos exposure affects more than your respiratory system, it can also lead to problems with other major organs and processes in the body. Symptoms such as weight loss, loss of appetite, difficulty swallowing, abdominal pain, and bowel problems have also been associated with asbestos-related diseases. If you experience any of these issues, reach out to our team.

Clubbed fingers and toes: Finger “clubbing” is a common sign of asbestosis exposure and related diseases, such as lung cancer and asbestosis, due to increased pressure behind the nails. This will create a wider and rounder appearance.


Free Asbestos Exposure Consultation

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 a loved one 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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