Asbestos Attorneys in Texas
Asbestosis and Mesothelioma
Extended exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers has caused serious illnesses such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural disease, and esophageal cancer for thousands of Americans. Many individuals mistake asbestosis and mesothelioma as the same disease; however, they are quite different despite numerous similarities.
Differences between Asbestosis and Mesothelioma
Although both conditions are primarily caused by exposure to asbestos and are the results of the asbestos scarring the lining of the lungs, these two diseases have many differences that clearly set them apart from each other.
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers resulting in the accumulation of fluid in the lungs of other parts of the body. This fluid makes breathing very difficult and provides less oxygen to the blood. Additionally, asbestosis increases the risk of developing lung cancers such as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, asbestosis has no cure but treatments are available to ease your discomfort and prevent the disease’s progression.
Mesothelioma is a severe lung cancer that also results from the extended inhalation of asbestos fibers. The scarring of the lining of the lungs, in this case, results in the development and continued growth of malignant tumors in the lungs. If diagnosed early enough, treatments such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy can be successful; however, early detection is rare.
Contact Our Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Attorneys
At Smith Clinesmith, LLP, we are dedicated to helping victims of asbestos exposure fight for the compensation they deserve for their life-threatening injuries. We will file a personal injury claim for you against asbestos companies’ bankruptcy trusts and work towards the best possible outcome. If you have been exposed to asbestos and developed asbestosis, mesothelioma, or other serious illness as a result, contact our asbestos lawyers today.