If you or a family member has developed asbestosis through exposure at work, understandably you will have many concerns in regards to living with and managing the condition.
If your illness has been caused as the result of negligence by an employer, the team at Asbestos Claim Centre can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today on 0800 508 8747 and an asbestos claim solicitor will look into the eligibility of your claim.
Here, we look at asbestosis and what a diagnosis may mean for you and your family.
Effects on health and wellbeing
Shortness of breath when undertaking physical activity is the most common symptom of asbestosis. Although this sounds relatively innocuous, it can have a serious effect on day-to-day life and curbs the sufferer's ability to carry out ordinary tasks or remain active for an extended period of time.
Sufferers also experience a persistent dry cough, which is both irritating, tiring and intrusive on daily life.
Those who have been exposed to asbestos and contracted the disease are likely to have worked in physically demanding jobs and when their ability to perform even the lightest of tasks is curtailed it can have a huge impact on their wellbeing, both financially and psychologically.
The effects of the combined symptoms of asbestosis on a person's ability to be independent and active is sometimes very hard to come to terms with. Many sufferers can develop depression or suffer from stress and anxiety in relation to their decline in health.
Changes to lifestyle and available treatments
Whilst the outlook may seem quite bleak for asbestosis patients, there are steps that can be taken to help ease symptoms.
If an asbestosis patient is a smoker, it is always advised that they try to quit the habit as soon as possible. The chemicals and toxins in cigarettes put unnecessary strain on the lungs and their general health will improve if they stop smoking.
Asbestosis weakens the lungs and makes the sufferer more susceptible to bugs and viruses. However, if an asbestosis patient catches a cold or flu, their lungs are far less able to cope with the illness than a healthy person. Many doctors will suggest preventative measures such as flu vaccines to protect patients from infection.
Depending on the severity of the condition, doctors may also perform routine chest x-rays and lung function tests to monitor any significant changes in health.
Oxygen therapy is another treatment offered to patients with severe symptoms as oxygen levels can become dangerously low in asbestosis sufferers. A concentrated, oxygen-rich air supply is breathed in through a mask in order to raise oxygen levels in the patient's body.
Medication is also available to help underlying issues that may exacerbate the patient's overall condition. Morphine can be administered to relieve the pain of a persistent cough and/or breathlessness, for example.
For some with asbestosis, speaking to a trained counsellor can help them come to terms with changes in lifestyle because the disease has a huge emotional impact as well as physical effect.
Making a claim for asbestosis
Claiming asbestosis compensation is often a necessity as the effects of the illness can prevent sufferers from earning an income. In later life, some form of daily health care may also be required and a damages award can help to finance this.
If you're living with asbestosis and want to make a claim, our highly trained, experienced asbestos claim solicitors can support you through the process, offering exceptional legal advice and seeking to deliver you the maximum settlement possible.
Contact our asbestos claim solicitors today by calling our free phoneline today - 0800 508 8747. We will be happy to discuss your claim.