A Story Of My Ongoing Battle With Asbestosis
It was in my thirties, when I started to notice shortness of breath which occurred usually with exertion. This confused me a great deal since I am not a smoker nor was I asthmatic. Over time, this difficulty in breathing became more severe, and I experienced it even when I was not doing anything. There are also instances when the shortness of breath was so bad, I can't tolerate lying on my back and instead had to remain seated so I can sleep comfortably. I became increasingly worried when I aside from the dyspnea, I had a persistent dry cough and some chest pain every now and then. I submitted myself to a medical evaluation, and it was found out that I had asbestosis. I am now fifty years old; the diagnosis was made 10 years ago. Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory lung condition due to the inhalation and retention of asbestos fibers. As with other people suffering from asbestosis, the onset was gradual, and in my case, about twenty years from when I first became exposed to asbestos fibers and when I started having symptoms. The heartbreaking truth is there is no cure for this illness yet, and until a cure is found, I have to depend on receiving low dose oxygen at home and chest percussion. I also take nebulized medications to loosen my secretions. With the assistance of my healthcare provider, I was able to figure out where I got the asbestos fibers, and this was during my stint as a construction worker in my twenties. Back then we built houses, did repairs and renovations, and we were working with asbestos when fitting pipes and installing insulation. The physician told me to seek an asbestos lawyer right away so I can file a personal injury claim. My family helped me look for asbestos lawyers in the state with a good track record. I also asked around from friends who I worked with in the construction company who were also affected with asbestosis and other related diseases. I made a list of local asbestos lawyers who had a good track record and sat down with each of them to discuss my case. I went Asbestosis
with the attorney who was straight to the point, and easy to talk with. In addition, the asbestos lawyer I picked had one of the highest numbers of asbestos claims that were successful. The asbestos lawyer I hired follows a contingency compensation plan, which means, he'll get a part of the recovery if the claim is decided on our favor. This means, he will receive a portion of the award. If the decision is not in our favor, the attorney said I won't pay him anything. The decision came after 10 years, and luckily, I was awarded a considerable amount for the injury. I used the money I received to pay for my healthcare, and to financially prepare my family in case I die.
Published on Mar 12, 2012
I was about to turn thirty years old then when I began having dyspneic episodes especially during exertion. This baffled me at first since I...